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  • n. person who commits a misdeed, offender

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wrongdoer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who misdoes or does wrong; one who commits a fault or crime; an evil-doer.


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from misdo 'do wrong' + -er


  • But she spake at last: Meseemeth as if there is a woman in the isle besides you three; some misdoer that I was minded to punish.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Worth far more, I should say (Hippias answered), for many a man with justice and right on his lips commits injustice and wrong, but no doer of right ever was a misdoer or could possibly be.


  • Grimm explains the principle of this test by tracing it to an old heathen superstition that the holy element, the pure stream, would receive no misdoer within it.

    The Customs of Old England

  • Would that every misdoer among the provincial governors had thus been followed up by the law!

    The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic

  • On the contrary Mr. Coddington was a keen, direct person who came straight to a point in a few terse sentences; predominant in his character was an unflinching sense of justice which was, however, fortunately tempered with enough kindness to make a misdoer mortified but never afraid in his presence.

    The Story of Leather

  • You have seen how they treat a misdoer there in the jail; now you see how they treat the innocent and the worthy.

    The Mysterious Stranger; A Romance by Mark Twain [pseud.] with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.

  • The deer was ravaging the man's fields, and he had killed it in sudden passion, and not for gain; and he had carried it into the royal forest in the hope that that might make detection of the misdoer impossible.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • Saint Edmund from the horizon's edge, in shining armour, threatening the misdoer in his hour of extreme need: it is beautiful, it is great and true.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • "Sir," said Vincel, "if the 'Hermit' has done what you say, it is against the orders of the marachal, and the misdoer will be punished; besides, the large number of strangers at present in Calvisson ought to be sufficient proof that no attempt has been made to prevent the new converts from coming to the town, and it seems to me that you have been too easily led to believe everything that malicious people have told you."

    Massacres of the South (1551-1815) Celebrated Crimes

  • "All I ask of you," he said, "is this: Give me the least you can afford to preserve me from the temptation to rob, or the necessity to starve; and I, in my turn, promise never to molest you in life, never to degrade you in my death; whatever my misdeeds, they will never reflect on yourself, for you shall never recognize the misdoer!

    The Caxtons — Volume 16


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