American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wrong or illegal deed; a wrongdoing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An evil or mischievous deed; a reprehensible or wicked action.
- n. Synonyms See list under misdemeanor.
- n. That which was done that should not have been, ranging from any sin or moral offense to various degrees of crime.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An evil deed; a wicked action.
- n. improper or wicked or immoral behavior
- From Middle English misdede, from Old English misdǣd ("misdeed"), from Proto-Germanic *missa- (“mis-”), *dēdiz (“deed, act”), equivalent to mis- + deed. Cognate with Scots misded ("misdeed"), West Frisian misdied ("misdeed"), Dutch misdaad ("misdeed"), German Missetat ("misdeed"), Swedish missdåd ("misdeed"), Gothic (missadēþs, "misdeed"). More at mis-, deed. (Wiktionary)
“Claiming a misdeed was a mistake is akin to the evangelist philanderer saying, “I thought the woman was my wife,” or the baseball player claiming, “I thought I was injecting vitamins,” or the politician perjurer protesting, “It depends on what the definition of the truth is.””
“A "breach" of contract, "possible misappropriation," or "misdeed" - would be necessary to begin legal proceedings, but there "was not any sense of illegality at that point," he said.”
“In fact, it was so -- the misdeed was a double-edged blade which cut both ways.”
“The latter now recalled his misdeed with sorrow and shame in an impassioned plea for amnesty to all political offenders, including”
“Where is your compassion for those of us who end up paying for this kind of misdeed?”
“Consider your hand-wringing sufficient penance for your "misdeed," but don't waste to much time worrying about how knuckleheads respond to thoughtful criticism.”
“He bows down to other countries, and continually apologizes to other countries for America's "misdeed" such as our response to the attack on Pearl Harbor.”
“In fact, it was so ” the misdeed was a double-edged blade which cut both ways.”
“The nuns' collective acceptance of Delores' strange and almost non-existent back-story without any suspicion of misdeed demonstrates not only the sisters' uncanny trust in humankind, but also serves as a wink and a nod from the producers that this story requires a fair share of faith from the audience.”
“Any misdeed of a Conservative politician no matter how minor is front page news for days, to be discussed and analysed at length.”
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