misdeed


misdeed
That which was done that should not have been, ranging from any sin or moral offense to various degrees of crime.

The petty misdeeds of his youth came back to haunt him when he ran for political office and his character was smeared.

See Also: misdo, misdoer

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  • misdeed — (n.) O.E. misdæd misdeed, evil deed, sin, common Germanic compound (Cf. O.S. misdad, O.Fris. misdede, M.Du. misdaet, Ger. Missetat, Goth. missadeþs; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + DEED (Cf. deed) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Misdeed — Mis*deed , n. [AS. misd[=ae]d. See {Deed}, n.] An evil deed; a wicked action. [1913 Webster] Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought. Milton. [1913 Webster] Syn: Misconduct; misdemeanor; fault; offense; trespass; transgression; crime. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misdeed — I noun abomination, atrocity, bad behavior, blunder, crime, cruel act, culpable omission, delict, delictum, delinquency, dereliction, dutilessness, evil deed, fault, felony, guilty act, illegality, improper behavior, impropriety, infamous conduct …   Law dictionary

  • misdeed — / misdemeanor [n] sin, crime breach of law, criminality, dirt*, dirty deed*, dirty pool*, fault, infringement, malefaction, misbehavior, misconduct, miscue, offense, peccadillo, slipup, transgression, trespass, villainy, violation, wrong,… …   New thesaurus

  • misdeed — ► NOUN ▪ a wrongful act …   English terms dictionary

  • misdeed — [mis dēd′, mis′dēd΄] n. a wrong or wicked act; crime, sin, etc …   English World dictionary

  • misdeed — n. 1) to commit a misdeed 2) to rectify a misdeed 3) a glaring misdeed * * * [ˌmɪs diːd] a glaring misdeed to commit a misdeed to rectify a misdeed …   Combinatory dictionary

  • misdeed — UK [mɪsˈdiːd] / US [mɪsˈdɪd] noun [countable] Word forms misdeed : singular misdeed plural misdeeds formal an action that is wrong or illegal …   English dictionary

  • misdeed — [[t]mɪ̱sdi͟ːd[/t]] misdeeds N COUNT A misdeed is a bad or evil act. [FORMAL] ...the alleged financial misdeeds of his government …   English dictionary

  • misdeed — noun Date: before 12th century a wrong deed ; offense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • misdeed — /mis deed /, n. an immoral or wicked deed. [bef. 900; ME misdede, OE misdaed. See MIS 1, DEED] Syn. offense, transgression, fault. * * * …   Universalium


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