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  1. an immoral or wicked deed.
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Origin of misdeed

before 900; Middle English misdede, Old English misdǣd. See mis-1, deed


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  • And for that misdeed now I ensure you but death, for well have ye deserved it.

    Stories of King Arthur and His Knights

    U. Waldo Cutler

  • The perpetrator of the misdeed embarks on his career of defilement early.

  • Also, a blow or correction, as "you'll knap it," for some misdeed.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • They asked if Grettir had done this misdeed; but he said it had happened even as he had expected.

  • Therefore, someone must have discovered the misdeed and he was being cared for.

British Dictionary definitions for misdeed


  1. an evil or illegal action
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Word Origin and History for misdeed


Old English misdæd "misdeed, evil deed, sin," common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon misdad, Old Frisian misdede, Middle Dutch misdaet, German Missetat, Gothic missadeþs; see mis- (1) + deed (n.).

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