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

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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

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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 Still, the Whalers proved their coach wrong and surprised themselves right from the opening meet. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 Taking place in a bar, the clip finds Joy singing about a past love who did her wrong, though the country crooner is paying no mind to the hurt her former flame caused. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 3 June 2021 Sunny barely puts a foot wrong; Lupe is yearning to break free. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 28 May 2021 This isn’t to say Israel is incapable of doing wrong. WSJ, 25 May 2021 For the second straight round, though, the West High School graduate got the ending wrong. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 So the risk of getting that attribution wrong and potentially aggravating difficult geopolitical tensions is pretty high. Eben Shapiro, Time, 17 May 2021 But the possibility of late impeachments and trials would prevent an officer from doing great official wrong and then resigning or running out the clock to evade the consequence of disqualification. Jason Lee Steorts, National Review, 15 May 2021 Your doctor's office could have entered a code wrong. Margaret Littman, Health.com, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pfizer and Bridle's colleagues also say his claims about spike proteins are wrong. Daniel Funke, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 For measurement of RVUs to be the most frequent financial incentives method for physicians is wrong. Gina Piscitello, CNN, 9 June 2021 Nietzsche’s goal here is to tear down the presupposed ‘right’ and ‘wrong,’ ‘good’ and ‘evil’ that comes with the belief in God. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The same principle was behind the share issue by Hertz during its bankruptcy, which came with the warning that the shares were likely to be worthless (a warning that turned out to be wrong after Hertz emerged from chapter 11). James Mackintosh, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Despite seeing eight to 10 different specialists and doctors, no one was able to figure out what was wrong. Rachel King, Fortune, 6 June 2021 Kevin Durant knew something was wrong when the Brooklyn Nets were trying to run a play and James Harden wasn't in the right spot. Brian Mahoney, ajc, 6 June 2021 Well, that’s probably wrong, too, because keeping records in the early days wasn’t an exact science and totals differ based on who’s in charge, the Elias Sports Bureau or Baseball Reference. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2021 Kevin Durant knew something was wrong when the Brooklyn Nets were trying to run a play and James Harden wasn't in the right spot. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And if something were to go wrong at the event—like a major outbreak that led to deaths—then the brands that funded the games could take a hit. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 2 June 2021 The discoveries have led some to push for stronger regulations and tougher penalties when things go wrong. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Of all the things that go wrong here -- and there are plenty of them -- the most inexplicable is how generic the whole thing feels. Piers Marchant, Arkansas Online, 21 May 2021 Accepting things will go wrong also prompts you to prepare. Expert Panel, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Pundits are already pontificating about what Trump did right and Biden did wrong in the Latino community that led Florida to stay red. Evie Fordham, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2020 Everything has a chance to go wrong with a movie long before the actors show up. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 14 May 2021 With this in mind, how can first-timers book a cruise without going wrong? Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 May 2021 If things do end up going wrong for someone, whether a colleague or customer, be their best ally in the organization by making sure the problem isn’t ignored. Titus Capilnean, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 One is, does anybody feel they were wronged as a team by Houston? Evan Grant, Dallas News, 19 Feb. 2020 Often, gunmen are longtime employees who feel wronged by the company or believe their work is not appreciated. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrong. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for wrong

wrong

noun

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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