wrong

noun
\ ˈrȯŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : an injurious, unfair, or unjust act : action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just cause
b : a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another especially : tort
2 : something wrong, immoral, or unethical especially : principles, practices, or conduct contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law
3 : the state, position, or fact of being or doing wrong: such as
a : the state of being mistaken or incorrect
b : the state of being guilty

wrong

adjective
wronger\ ˈrȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce wrong (audio) \; wrongest\ ˈrȯŋ-​əst How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : not according to the moral standard : sinful, immoral thought that war was wrong
2 : not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention : improper it was wrong not to thank your host
3 : not according to truth or facts : incorrect gave a wrong date
4 : not satisfactory (as in condition, results, health, or temper)
5 : not in accordance with one's needs, intent, or expectations took the wrong bus
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the side of something that is usually held to be opposite to the principal one, that is the one naturally or by design turned down, inward, or away, or that is the least finished or polished
wrong side of the tracks
: a run-down or unfashionable neighborhood

wrong

adverb

Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : without accuracy : incorrectly guessed wrong
2 : without regard for what is proper or just was reprimanded for what he had done wrong
3 : in a wrong direction turned wrong at the junction
4a : in an unsuccessful or unfortunate way something went wrong
b : out of working order or condition
5 : in a false light don't get me wrong

wrong

verb
wronged; wronging\ ˈrȯŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to do wrong to : injure, harm
b : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate
2 : defraud usually used with of wronged them of their land

Other Words from wrong

Adjective

wrongly \ ˈrȯŋ-​lē How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ adverb
wrongness noun

Verb

wronger \ ˈrȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wrong

Noun

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights. the injustices suffered by the lower classes injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation. libel constitutes a legal injury wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice. determined to right society's wrongs grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint. a list of employee grievances

Verb

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves. a penal system that had wronged him oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform. a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering. a child persecuted by constant criticism aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights. a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

Noun any reasonable person should be expected to know the difference between right and wrong trying to right all the wrongs in the world Adjective I don't want you to get the wrong impression of him. Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you should start exercising. Are my actions sending the wrong message? These pages are in the wrong order. I got four answers wrong on the test. You're wrong; the answer is six. You like baseball, or am I wrong? Am I wrong in thinking that she should never have gone? I think her birthday is May 11th, but I could be wrong. He thinks I can't win, but I'm going to prove him wrong. Adverb I entered the numbers wrong. Her name was spelled wrong on the form. I can't get this to work; could you show me what I did wrong? Verb We should forgive those who have wronged us. As the wronged party, you have the right to sue for damages. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This requires a true marketplace of ideas where iron sharpens iron, not uncompromising patrols in business, academia, and social media on the lookout for wrong-think. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 5 May 2022 There are countless fat people around the world who exercise, fall in love, travel the world, and live lives that prove that false narrative wrong on a daily basis. Allure, 4 May 2022 Jake made some comments and got his time-frame wrong. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 May 2022 The preprinted envelope had my last name wrong, and the address was also incorrect — reducing a four-digit number to just three digits. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Because just at the moment when the principessa from the Lone Star State seems to have finally proven everyone back home wrong, she is poised to lose it all. James Mcauley, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2022 Before any wrong can be meaningfully addressed it must first be acknowledged, felt, and internalized. Isis Dallis, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 Getting the balance between in-person and remote work wrong could have dire consequences for companies. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 The diner taught him the incomparable pleasure of eating wrong. Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective No matter what the movie gets right or wrong, the result is a visionary masterpiece that scored 10 Oscar nominations. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Those violations included raw food not being properly separated within the freezer, rodent activity, a stop-sale on food due to temperature abuse and food held at the wrong temperature. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 16 May 2022 To round out Saturday's episode, other sketches included a comedic take on guidance counselors as well as a classic fairytale gone wrong. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 15 May 2022 And in a season in which most everything has gone wrong for the Reds, this surely had to be the topper. Alan Saunders, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 One woman near tears was on her behind, clearly nervous about making the wrong move. Amanda Lee Myers, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Investigators now suspect Boardman was killed in a carjacking gone wrong and his body was dumped across state lines. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 15 May 2022 And in a season in which almost everything has gone wrong for the Reds, this surely had to be the topper. Alan Saunders, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 According to WXIX Channel 19, police began getting reports at about 8:30 a.m. about a young child driving an SUV in the wrong lane of a street. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Those who have sought diversification in crypto have been caught wrong-footed. Peter Santilli, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Now, Anitta is aiming to prove those early naysayers wrong once and for all. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 11 May 2022 But mainly, the judge stressed that Arboleda had done nothing wrong aside from flee the police. Jocelyn Gecker, ajc, 4 Mar. 2022 And facilities were not self-reporting when things went wrong. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 At issue is a broader quandary that will occupy historians for years: How could Russia — a country with such deep familial, cultural and historic ties to its western neighbor — get Ukraine so wrong? Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Lastly, bet right and early, when everyone (or most) others bet wrong, and try to build something people will look for, will talk about or would miss if it were gone. Kathleen Walch, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Did the United States and its allies, through excess of optimism or naïveté, simply get Mr. Putin wrong from the outset? New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Everyday Ukrainians living in cities surrounded, or partially surrounded, by Russian troops are paying the price for a war effort that began to go wrong in the first hours. Liz Sly And Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus: One Quick Buck takes a look at an early 90s top draft choice, and Jim wants to wrong some rights in What's Making Jim Mad. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2021 People can wrong us in ways that arise from our vulnerability to them. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Until then, much could wrong, driving the economy off the proverbial rails. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 21 Oct. 2020 However, Reid notes that elected officials like sheriffs have little incentive to take action against poll watchers within their community, and that law enforcement is thinking about groups like the Proud Boys all wrong anyway. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 20 Oct. 2020 And part of that reliability is simply because there's so little that can wrong in a car this primitive. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2020 Dylan McDermott and Darren Criss, features fictional characters and real-life icons, including Rock Hudson (played by Jake Picking), Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah) and Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec), whom Murphy feels were wronged. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 4 May 2020 Suey Sing Tong elders decided that Low Sing had been wronged and demanded that the Kwong Ducks pay reparations. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 13 Dec. 2019 But regardless of their own identities, our student journalists must be allowed — and must have the courage — to cover our community freely and unfettered by harassment each time members of the community feel they have been wronged. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wrong

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wrong

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wrang, from *wrang, adjective, wrong

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English *wrang, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rangr awry, wrong, Danish vrang wrong side; akin to Old English wringan to wring

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More Definitions for wrong

wrong

adjective
\ ˈrȯŋ How to pronounce wrong (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not the one wanted or intended I took the wrong train.
2 : not correct or true : false Your addition is wrong.
3 : not right : sinful, evil It is wrong to lie.
4 : not satisfactory : causing unhappiness You're upset. What's wrong?
5 : not suitable This coat is the wrong size.
6 : made so as to be placed down or under and not to be seen the wrong side of cloth
7 : not proper He swallowed something the wrong way.
8 : not working correctly Something's wrong with the car.

Other Words from wrong

wrongly adverb

wrong

noun

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

: something (as an idea, rule, or action) that is not right

wrong

adverb

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

: in the wrong direction, manner, or way I answered wrong.

wrong

verb
wronged; wronging

Kids Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

: to treat badly or unfairly

wrong

noun

Legal Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a violation of the rights of another especially : tort
2 : something (as conduct, practices, or qualities) contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law the difference between right and wrong

wrong

transitive verb

Legal Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a wrong to : treat with injustice

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