[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 evildoers

Contemporary Examples of evildoers

Historical Examples of evildoers

  • They knew what they were about; they fought the evildoers of their age with the weapons of their age.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Let me tell you, the Intelligencer is the evildoers' nemesis.

  • It was ordered that it should be left there till nightfall as an example to evildoers.

    The Making of a Saint

    William Somerset Maugham

  • Evildoers, after they had spoken to a Manoba, would say that their reflections were gone.

  • After the manner of evildoers, each charged the other with their misfortune.

    Great Opera Stories

    Millicent Schwab Bender

British Dictionary definitions for evildoers



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



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

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