[ee-vuh l-doo-er, ee-vuh l-doo-er]


a person who does evil or wrong.

Origin of evildoer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at evil, doer
Related formse·vil·do·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for evildoer

Historical Examples of evildoer

  • He keeps on calling to the evildoer: 'Now you'll be found out!


    Johanna Spyri

  • And by the way, sir, your Church is solid for punishment of the evildoer.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • Every effort will be made to prevent the evildoer, and to convert him to the good way.

    Freedom In Service

    Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw

  • But whose help can be implored by him, to whom the king himself acts as an evildoer?

  • He drew a powerful picture of the life of the evildoer here below.

    Rogues and Vagabonds

    George R. Sims

British Dictionary definitions for evildoer



a person who does evil
Derived Formsevildoing, noun
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Word Origin and History for evildoer

late 14c., from evil (n.) + doer.

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