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 wronger (audio) \; wrongest\ ˈrȯŋ-​əst How to pronounce wrongest (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 wronging (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 ofwronged them of their land

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Other Words from wrong

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Don’t get me wrong: Walsh has not been implicated in either of those cases. BostonGlobe.com, "That would be the mayor.," 6 Nov. 2019 This is natural, completely understandable, and wrong. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "The Environmental Impact of Breaking Up with Me," 4 Nov. 2019 Southampton, meanwhile, have probably kept their manager in a job, righting some of the wrongs from their annihilation at the hands of Leicester. SI.com, "Twitter Blows Up as Man City Avoid Humiliation With Comeback Win at Home to Southampton," 2 Nov. 2019 All of the animals were initially able to complete the maze within 25 minutes, but during the first week, none made it to the end of the maze without taking wrong turns, reports Veronique Greenwood of the New York Times. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Crabs Can Learn to Navigate Mazes, Too," 1 Nov. 2019 Crashes caused by wrong-way drivers have been a major issue on Phoenix-area highways in recent years. Molly Duerig, azcentral, "ADOT nears completion of wrong-way sign project on Phoenix-area freeways," 1 Nov. 2019 The question today must be whether and, if so, how cooperation and solidarity can emerge from conflict that is structured and galvanized by historical wrong and continuing harms and deprivations. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, "What John Rawls Missed," 29 Oct. 2019 The question for baseball is if the romance of that humanity is more important than right vs. wrong. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: The World Series is leading us to an ominous place. Don't do it, MLB.," 29 Oct. 2019 The law stinks because this dude could not tell wrong from right. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Children know what this sheriff doesn’t," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But people do it both ways, and neither is right or wrong. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "The Biggest Engagement Party Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid," 6 Nov. 2019 That’s just what worked for me—there is no right or wrong way to grieve and heal from a miscarriage. Irina Gonzalez, Glamour, "Coping with Miscarriage: How 15 Women Dealt With the Loss," 31 Oct. 2019 The defense is a concern, as its been trending the wrong way of late. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Fresno State-Hawaii odds: Bulldogs tabbed as underdogs," 31 Oct. 2019 Her discussion will cover the coming out process, transition, acceptance, right and wrong questions to ask transgender people and terms and definitions. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 29 Oct. 2019 Out-of-the-mainstream positions, right or wrong, can be politically brave. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 24 Oct. 2019 Who is Facebook to judge what’s right and wrong, and what’s the line between free expression and harmful disruption, if any? Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Note to Mark Zuckerberg: You can’t do damage control without giving straight answers," 22 Oct. 2019 Similarly, the show forces us to ask who has the prerogative to decide what is right and wrong. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About the Watchmen Graphic Novel Before You Watch the Show," 18 Oct. 2019 If something goes wrong, McNaughton gets an alert on his smartphone. jsonline.com, "Robotic milking in Canada, struggling farmers in Mexico: How Wisconsin’s trading partners are weathering the dairy crisis," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The original statement had been wrong, the team admitted. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Stories That the Houston Astros Have Told," 25 Oct. 2019 Don't begin a home remodeling job or any project that is outside your field of expertise, as things could easily go wrong. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 13, 2019: Taurus, be a shoulder to cry on; Pisces, treat your body like a temple," 13 Oct. 2019 But scientists may have been wrong about one of their key features. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Giant sauropod dinosaurs may have sported turtlelike beaks," 10 Oct. 2019 Thus, the 5 year 3 month has been wrong at least once in 1998, when the curve inverted for over a quarter, per data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Are We Near a Recession? The Godfather of the Inverted Yield Curve Says It’s ‘Code Red’," 9 Sep. 2019 The 14-year-old texted his big sister on the first day at Reidsville Senior High about all the things that had gone wrong. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "After story about freshman's terrible first day of school goes viral, upperclassmen befriend him at lunch," 3 Sep. 2019 Iran’s attempts to build a functioning space program are controversial because there are overlaps between space-launch and missile technology; this is the second time this year an attempt to place a satellite in orbit has gone wrong. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What we can learn from the spy satellite image Trump tweeted," 31 Aug. 2019 Without any real answers, close friends and strangers alike parsed the awful details, trying to figure out what had gone wrong. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We don’t know the answer’: A community is stunned after BU student is killed," 31 Aug. 2019 If the Tigers aren’t 7-0 heading to Kentucky in late October, something has gone wrong. 14. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "The Pac-12 Hotline’s AP preseason football ballot: Who’s No. 3?," 12 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There were people around, Taylor thought, people to hear about how she’d been wronged. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 In fact, the feeling of being wronged only caught on and proliferated. Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, Quartz India, "The citizens’ register is the latest wound in Assam’s long history of loss and hurt," 17 Sep. 2019 But Padrao is still the cast standout as Rosaura, who’s in pursuit of a man who has wronged her. Washington Post, "In GALA’s ‘Life Is a Dream,’ freewheeling ideas but stiff storytelling," 15 Sep. 2019 Consider the prospects the Tigers could have called up in the name of creating buzz or selling tickets or pacifying fans who rightly feel wronged by the product on the field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Here are some answers to your rebuilding questions," 6 Sep. 2019 Spencer Kuvin, another attorney, said one of his clients was feeling some sense of closure that the person who had wronged her was gone forever. Mike Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers angered by his death," 10 Aug. 2019 And the change will certainly inspire outrage at some point this season, as fans, and likely coaches, point to contact shown in slow-motion as evidence that their team was wronged. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "As new season begins, NFL coaches still trying to sort out pass interference rule changes," 5 Sep. 2019 The best part of working for The Times is righting wrongs — helping people that were wronged by others, businesses or the government. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "In 52 years at The Seattle Times, photographer Greg Gilbert has seen it all. But he wants to see more.," 31 July 2019 Likewise, James Winkler is well-suited to play Victor, Amanda’s new husband, who like Sybil is clearly wronged in this situation. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: PowPAC’s ‘Private Lives’ is full of comedy and action," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of wrong was before the 12th century

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wrong

noun
How to pronounce wrong (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: behavior that is not morally good or correct
: a harmful, unfair, or illegal act

wrong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

: to treat (someone) badly or unfairly

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

Legal Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a wrong to : treat with injustice

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