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wrongdoing

[rawng-doo-ing, -doo-, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˌdu ɪŋ, -ˈdu-, ˈrɒŋ-/
noun
1.
behavior or action that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy.
2.
an act that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy; misdeed; sin.
Origin of wrongdoing
1470-1480
First recorded in 1470-80; wrong + doing
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Examples from the Web for wrongdoing
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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

wrongdoing

/ˈrɒŋˌduːɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of doing something immoral or illegal
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Word Origin and History for wrongdoing
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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