[rawng-doo-ing, -doo-, rong-]


behavior or action that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy.
an act that is wrong, evil, or blameworthy; misdeed; sin.

Origin of wrongdoing

First recorded in 1470–80; wrong + doing
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Related Words for wrongdoing

misbehavior, violation, crime, misdeed, malpractice, offense, sin, iniquity, evil

Examples from the Web for wrongdoing

Contemporary Examples of wrongdoing

Historical Examples of wrongdoing

  • She smiled condescendingly, like a mother does when a child admits a wrongdoing.

  • 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



the act or an instance of doing something immoral or illegal
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Word Origin and History for wrongdoing

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper