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wrong

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noun \ˈrȯŋ\

Definition of wrong

  1. 1a :  an injurious, unfair, or unjust act :  action or conduct inflicting harm without due provocation or just causeb :  a violation or invasion of the legal rights of another; especially :  tort

  2. 2 :  something wrong, immoral, or unethical; especially :  principles, practices, or conduct contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law

  3. 3 :  the state, position, or fact of being or doing wrong: such asa :  the state of being mistaken or incorrectb :  the state of being guilty

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

  1. any reasonable person should be expected to know the difference between right and wrong

  2. trying to right all the wrongs in the world

Origin and Etymology of wrong

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

Synonym Discussion of wrong

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

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wrong

adjective

Definition of wrong

wronger

play \ˈrȯŋ-ər\;

wrongest

play \ˈrȯŋ-əst\
  1. 1 :  not according to the moral standard :  sinful, immoral thought that war was wrong

  2. 2 :  not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention :  improper it was wrong not to thank your host

  3. 3 :  not according to truth or facts :  incorrect gave a wrong date

  4. 4 :  not satisfactory (as in condition, results, health, or temper)

  5. 5 :  not in accordance with one's needs, intent, or expectations took the wrong bus

  6. 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

wrongly

play \ˈrȯŋ-lē\ adverb

wrongness

noun

wrong side of the tracks

  1. :  a run-down or unfashionable neighborhood

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

  1. I don't want you to get the wrong impression of him.

  2. Don't take this the wrong way, but I think you should start exercising.

  3. Are my actions sending the wrong message?

  4. These pages are in the wrong order.

  5. I got four answers wrong on the test.

  6. You're wrong; the answer is six.

  7. You like baseball, or am I wrong?

  8. Am I wrong in thinking that she should never have gone?

  9. I think her birthday is May 11th, but I could be wrong.

  10. He thinks I can't win, but I'm going to prove him wrong.

Origin and Etymology of wrong

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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wrong

adverb

Definition of wrong

  1. 1 :  without accuracy :  incorrectly guessed wrong

  2. 2 :  without regard for what is proper or just was reprimanded for what he had done wrong

  3. 3 :  in a wrong direction turned wrong at the junction

  4. 4a :  in an unsuccessful or unfortunate way something went wrongb :  out of working order or condition

  5. 5 :  in a false light don't get me wrong

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

  1. I entered the numbers wrong.

  2. Her name was spelled wrong on the form.

  3. I can't get this to work; could you show me what I did wrong?

First Known Use of wrong

13th century


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wrong

verb

Definition of wrong

wronged

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wronging

play \ˈrȯŋ-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to do wrong to :  injure, harmb :  to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably :  violate

  3. 2 :  defraud —usually used with of wronged them of their land

  4. 3 :  discredit, malign

wronger

play \ˈrȯŋ-ər\ noun

Examples of wrong in a Sentence

  1. We should forgive those who have wronged us.

  2. As the wronged party, you have the right to sue for damages.

First Known Use of wrong

14th century

Synonym Discussion of wrong

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

WRONG Defined for English Language Learners

wrong

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noun

Definition of wrong for English Language Learners

  • : behavior that is not morally good or correct

  • : a harmful, unfair, or illegal act

wrong

adjective

Definition of wrong for English Language Learners

  • : not agreeing with the facts or truth

  • : speaking, acting, or judging in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth

  • : not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose, situation, or person

wrong

adverb

Definition of wrong for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth : in a way that results in an error

  • : in a way that is not suitable, proper, etc.

wrong

verb

Definition of wrong for English Language Learners

  • : to treat (someone) badly or unfairly


WRONG Defined for Kids

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wrong

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adjective \ˈrȯŋ\

Definition of wrong for Students

  1. 1 :  not the one wanted or intended I took the wrong train.

  2. 2 :  not correct or true :  false Your addition is wrong.

  3. 3 :  not right :  sinful, evil It is wrong to lie.

  4. 4 :  not satisfactory :  causing unhappiness You're upset. What's wrong?

  5. 5 :  not suitable This coat is the wrong size.

  6. 6 :  made so as to be placed down or under and not to be seen the wrong side of cloth

  7. 7 :  not proper He swallowed something the wrong way.

  8. 8 :  not working correctly Something's wrong with the car.

wrongly

adverb

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wrong

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noun

Definition of wrong for Students

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


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wrong

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adverb

Definition of wrong for Students

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


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wrong

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verb

Definition of wrong for Students

wronged

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wronging

  1. :  to treat badly or unfairly


Law Dictionary

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wrong

noun

Legal Definition of wrong

  1. 1 :  a violation of the rights of another; especially :  tort

  2. 2 :  something (as conduct, practices, or qualities) contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law the difference between right and wrong


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wrong

transitive verb

Legal Definition of wrong

  1. :  to do a wrong to :  treat with injustice



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