[rawng-doo-er, -doo-, rong-]


a person who does wrong, especially a sinner or transgressor.

Origin of wrongdoer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at wrong, doer

Synonyms for wrongdoer

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Contemporary Examples of wrongdoer

Historical Examples of wrongdoer

  • It is certain that the wrongdoer at one end proves the existence of wrong at the other.

  • Moreover, I shall be able to trace back the theft to the wrongdoer.

  • Flmena fyrm, the harbouring or supporting of a wrongdoer or fugitive from justice.

  • He thought he saw that through all ages God had made man the instrument of his vengeance on the wrongdoer.

    The Bondman

    Hall Caine

  • It is, of course, essential that the wrongdoer must be the defendant's servant.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill

British Dictionary definitions for wrongdoer



a person who acts immorally or illegally
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