misconduct

Misconduct is any kind of bad, unethical, or illegal activity. When there's misconduct, someone is doing something wrong.

Since conduct is behavior, misconduct is behavior that's not quite right: some kind of shady or criminal conduct. If an accountant cooked the books — lied about finances — that's misconduct. A police officer taking a bribe is guilty of misconduct. Often, misconduct specifically refers to someone who does improper things on behalf of someone else, like the misconduct of a dishonest lawyer.

Definitions of misconduct
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n activity that transgresses moral or civil law

Synonyms:
actus reus, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
Types:
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brutalisation, brutalization
the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously
encroachment, intrusion, trespass, usurpation, violation
entry to another's property without right or permission
civil wrong, tort
(law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
malversation
misconduct in public office
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior
dereliction
willful negligence
malfeasance
wrongful conduct by a public official
misfeasance
doing a proper act in a wrongful or injurious manner
malpractice
a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper professional conduct
malpractice
professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage
perversion
the action of perverting something (turning it to a wrong use)
injury
wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted
injury
an act that causes someone or something to receive physical damage
iniquity, injustice, shabbiness, unfairness
an unjust act
infliction
an act causing pain or damage
evildoing, transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
dishonesty, knavery
lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing
falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts
champerty
an unethical agreement between an attorney and client that the attorney would sue and pay the costs of the client's suit in return for a portion of the damages awarded
criminal maintenance, maintenance
the unauthorized interference in a legal action by a person having no interest in it (as by helping one party with money or otherwise to continue the action) so as to obstruct justice or promote unnecessary litigation or unsettle the peace of the community
infringement, violation
an act that disregards an agreement or a right
inroad
an encroachment or intrusion
alienation of affection
a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
invasion of privacy
the wrongful intrusion by individuals or the government into private affairs with which the public has no concern
trespass
a wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages
delinquency, juvenile delinquency
an antisocial misdeed in violation of the law by a minor
devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
ruffianism
violent lawless behavior
familiarity, impropriety, indecorum, liberty
an act of undue intimacy
abnormality, irregularity
behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
impropriety, indecency
an indecent or improper act
indiscretion, peccadillo
a petty misdeed
infantilism
infantile behavior in mature persons
nonfeasance
a failure to act when under an obligation to do so; a refusal (without sufficient excuse) to do that which it is your legal duty to do
damage, legal injury, wrong
any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
abomination
an action that is vicious or vile; an action that arouses disgust or abhorrence
evil, immorality, iniquity, wickedness
morally objectionable behavior
villainy
a criminal or vicious act
depravity, turpitude
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
vice
a specific form of evildoing
betrayal, perfidy, treachery, treason
an act of deliberate betrayal
charlatanism, quackery
the dishonesty of a charlatan
trick
an attempt to get you to do something foolish or imprudent
falsehood, falsification
the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting
distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting
the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
equivocation, tergiversation
falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
fabrication, lying, prevarication
the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation
the act of deceiving
sin, sinning
an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
terrorisation, terrorization
an act of terrorism
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
crime
an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
inside job
some transgression committed with the assistance of someone trusted by the victim
copyright infringement, infringement of copyright
a violation of the rights secured by a copyright
foul
an act that violates the rules of a sport
patent infringement
violation of the rights secured by a patent
disservice, ill service, ill turn
an act intended to help that turns out badly
spoil, spoilage, spoiling
the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf

Type of:
direction, management
the act of managing something

v manage badly or incompetently

Synonyms:
mishandle, mismanage
Type of:
care, deal, handle, manage
be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

v behave badly

Synonyms:
misbehave, misdemean
Antonyms:
behave, comport
behave well or properly
Types:
fall from grace
revert back to bad behavior after a period of good behavior
act up, carry on
misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)