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 The truth is, that as of today, with the sole exception of Netflix, the studios have yet to agree to right this wrong. Duncan Crabtree-ireland, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 If someone gets an answer wrong, the host gleefully drops the floor out from under them, sending them into an immediate free fall down the side of the building. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 27 July 2022 Citing both non-baseball case law and examples from Major League Baseball’s past, the students’ document argues that Manfred should exercise his authority to right a blatant wrong. Jerry Carino, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 The time has come for U.S. news organizations to right that wrong. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 And in an attempt to right a century-old wrong, the English Football Association — the FA — rescheduled the game in London’s iconic stadium for Dec. 5, a date which has long lived in infamy in European soccer. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Still, Micheal believes both the squeegee worker and the driver from Thursday’s altercation are in the wrong. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 8 July 2022 Through her prolific film career, Judi Dench proved one doubtful director wrong. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 Not the wrong done to Hazel Scott, the famous Black pianist, who was barred from the Hall in 1945. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Before then, however, the team will focus on correcting what went wrong Sunday. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Aug. 2022 Making people fight over the crumbs by pitting them against each other is wrong, and has created endless battles between neighbors. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong! Variety, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2022 Of course, if your friend responds that nothing is wrong, you may be forced to call him out on his callousness. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong! Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2022 Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement, which would be wrong! Zack Sharf, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 On the field, Henderson isn’t interested in having long discussions with a player about what just went wrong. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 Future conversations about 2022’s crypto market crash will inevitably focus on how fast things went wrong. Matt Van Buskirk, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross, legal historian Mary Ziegler said it’s not so much about where progressives went wrong as where architects of the modern anti-choice movement went right. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 2 Aug. 2022 Stocking spare parts is a guessing game and if the services guess wrong on a six-month patrol at sea, the mission can suffer for it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 Of course, the likelier reality is that the motion picture academy, surprise surprise, gets it wrong more often than not and that Hanks, like all actors blessed with the gift of longevity, has become a far greater, subtler actor with time. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Three years after a school science experiment gone wrong left him with severe burns, student Priest James Rivera credits his recovery to his passion for golf. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Outside of a handful of individuals, economists have thus far devoted remarkably little attention to how their theories and models got inflation so wrong. Greg Ip, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Perhaps reading about some of the things that can go wrong at a wedding will inspire people to avoid these pitfalls. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2022 Perhaps reading about some of the things that can go wrong at a wedding will inspire people to avoid these pitfalls. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 18 June 2022 Yes, there are a lot of things that could go wrong this summer. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! Jessica Wang, EW.com, 7 Aug. 2022 Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Based within The Conjuring universe, Annabelle is a vintage porcelain doll cursed by a demonic spirit, causing hauntings and violent ends to those that would wrong her. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 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 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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