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[rawng-doo-ing, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ɪŋ, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
behavior or action that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy.
an act that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy; misdeed; sin.
Origin of wrongdoing
First recorded in 1470-80; wrong + doing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She smiled condescendingly, like a mother does when a child admits a wrongdoing.

    The Odyssey of Sam Meecham Charles E. Fritch
  • Does your good uncle know or suspect this wrongdoing of yours?

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • So it is for the teacher, more than the pupil, to beware of wrongdoing.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • She was his friend, and her heart ached because of his wrongdoing.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • She was conscious of a feeling of wrongdoing yet she did not recognize it as such.

    The Girl Scouts at Home

    Katherine Keene Galt
British Dictionary definitions for wrongdoing


the act or an instance of doing something immoral or illegal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wrongdoing

late 15c., from wrong (n.) + doing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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