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[rawng-doo-er, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ər, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
a person who does wrong, especially a sinner or transgressor.
Origin of wrongdoer
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at wrong, doer
evildoer, culprit, offender. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One would have thought he was the wrongdoer and not the wronged.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And where the law cannot touch the wrongdoer, God, who is the author of law, can and will punish.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • The first thing we owe to the wrongdoer is to give him his just deserts.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Punishment is a favor to the wrongdoer, just as bitter medicine is a favor to the sick.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • Woe be to the wrongdoer who triumphs in such a case as this!

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • It is, of course, essential that the wrongdoer must be the defendant's servant.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • So he is a wrongdoer, with Gately, and—probably, with Rodman.

  • It is certain that the wrongdoer at one end proves the existence of wrong at the other.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • Love should have but one punishment for the wrongdoer,—that is, forgiveness.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for wrongdoer


a person who acts immorally or illegally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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