misdeed[mis dēd′, mis′dēd′]
- The definition of a misdeed is a sin or a wrongful act.
Lying or stealing is an example of a misdeed.
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 [script?] (missadēþs, “misdeed”). More at mis-, deed.