Definition of misconduct in English:

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Pronunciation: /misˈkänˌdəkt/
1Unacceptable or improper behavior, especially by an employee or professional person: she was found guilty of professional misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal
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  • In rarer instances, she claimed such equipment had been used to provide proof of gross misconduct among employees.
  • But I believe it to be a disciplinary offence - gross misconduct.
  • He faced being dismissed from his job for gross misconduct if his employers learned of the offence.
wrongdoing, unlawfulness, lawlessness, crime, felony, criminality, sin, sinfulness;
unethical behavior, unprofessionalism, malpractice, negligence, impropriety
1.1 Ice Hockey A penalty assessed against a player for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Example sentences
  • Schultz never had more than 26 fighting majors in a season - he piled up a lot of his penalty minutes by being tagged for misconducts along with his fights.
  • Referee Bill McCreary handed out five misconduct penalties in the second period, and in that he was perhaps lenient, because the misbehavior extended to the team benches and the stands.
  • A player who receives a misconduct penalty will remain off the ice for ten minutes.
2Mismanagement, especially culpable neglect of duties.
Example sentences
  • The Scottish Charities Office has taken legal action against 19 charities over misconduct or mismanagement since it was set up in 1992.
  • The SCO has powers to act in cases where there is evidence of alleged misconduct or mismanagement.
  • It is a failure of market structure created by too much easy capital, flawed business models, and mismanagement and misconduct on a grand scale.


Pronunciation: /ˌmiskənˈdəkt/
1 (misconduct oneself) Behave in an improper or unprofessional manner.
Example sentences
  • Civil servants are liable to disciplinary action if they fail to observe any government regulation or official instruction, misconduct themselves in any manner or, by their actions, bring the civil service into disrepute.
  • He said fans should behave well as Zambia risked FIFA sanctions if they misconducted themselves.
  • Each officer was charged with ‘misconducting themselves while serving as a police officer by unlawfully failing to take reasonable care of an arrested person in local custody’.
2 [with object] Mismanage (duties or a project).
Example sentences
  • We furthermore do not think that there is any evidence that the police in some way misconducted the inquiries during the period between the appellant being interviewed and the appellant being charged.

Words that rhyme with misconduct

abduct, adduct, conduct, construct, destruct, duct, instruct, obstruct

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Syllabification: mis·con·duct

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