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 The Pilot doesn't do much wrong, but despite its higher price, the Highlander Platinum seems worth it. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander: Three Rows and $50,000," 25 Mar. 2020 Clayman says that the first thing to do when something goes majorly wrong is to take precautions, like reporting the incident to your credit card company. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "Money Doesn't Have to Be the Most Stressful Part of Travel," 12 Mar. 2020 That other altar boy is James Fortenberry, a nurse who now lives in Huntsville, Ala. and believes his childhood priest has been done wrong. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Catholic church sued in novel lawsuit: Our priest was falsely accused," 13 Feb. 2020 There is, obviously, everything Hunter Biden did wrong, the appearance of a corruption that will only be magnified by all the inaccurate implications and suggestions that the Trump campaign will make out of his Ukranian dealings. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Democrats Sleepwalk Into The Nomination of Joe Biden," 10 Mar. 2020 Hue is always the perfect looking, highly critical mom who thinks her children can do no wrong. Houston Chronicle, "Meet Houston's 'Crazy Rich Asians' in upcoming HBO Max docuseries," 11 Feb. 2020 On the surface, that lineup readjustment somewhat rights the wrongs of those two awkwardly sized outgoing models, both of which had tight rear seats and struggled to make serious inroads into their segments. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The New CT5 Is a Step Backwards for Cadillac," 30 Jan. 2020 Not only was the building near collapse, but everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Unbelievable Story of the New Orleans Restaurant in a Haunted Old Church," 1 Oct. 2019 Months later, former Alabama outside linebacker Terrell Lewis reflected Thursday at the NFL combine on what wrong in the two losses. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Terrell Lewis: Communication from ‘top down’ doomed Alabama’s defense," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But all goes scarily — and humorously — wrong when his ship is hurled through a wormhole into an unknown part of the Milky Way. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "Jeanne Jakle: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ and more TV shows to take you away while you’re stuck at home," 25 Mar. 2020 The best teaching assistants anticipate all of the nearly infinite things that can go wrong during each exercise. Esther Ngumbi, Wired, "The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online," 25 Mar. 2020 Even with that plan in place, Viswanathan has concerns that something could go wrong. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "Doctors say COVID-19 tests available, but some can't be administered due to mask shortage," 19 Mar. 2020 From the farms to the food-processing centers to the distribution centers to the retailer warehouses to the store shelves, much can go wrong. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "First Things First," 18 Mar. 2020 Nolan’s defense must fix whatever went wrong with Jaylon Smith, who occasionally looked lost last season. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "On the cusp of a Super Bowl? Early free agency returns have left the Cowboys with plenty to fix instead," 17 Mar. 2020 Between chipping, warping, and smudging, a lot can go wrong. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "How to Get the Perfect Manicure at Home," 16 Mar. 2020 None of this means that there is necessarily anything wrong with choosing to trim or remove your pubic hair, however. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "The Truth About the Purpose of Pubic Hair," 9 Mar. 2020 Regardless of who's right or wrong, the truth is that Xavier's in an uncomfortable position at the moment. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Questions about Naji Marshall's future and Xavier's chances of making the NCAA Tournament," 8 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Please ask for help if anything goes wrong along the way, either with your work in the kitchen or our work on the site and apps. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook This Week," 15 Mar. 2020 Just like the idea of hiring Beilein made sense in theory -- until everything that could go wrong did and the foundation crumbled quickly. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "How John Beilein’s coaching tenure with Cleveland Cavaliers crumbled so quickly: Chris Fedor," 19 Feb. 2020 Anything that could go wrong did for the TCU Horned Frogs in a nightmarish 88-42 defeat at Texas Tech Monday. Grant Mcgalliard, Dallas News, "Horned Frogs blown out in ugly loss at Texas Tech," 10 Feb. 2020 In addition to Bledsoe being under the weather, Middleton missed a second successive game with neck soreness after sleeping on it neck wrong a few days ago. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 93, Hornets 85: Giannis dominates, but team's run of scoring 100 or more points gets snapped," 1 Mar. 2020 Now Johnson is at spring training trying to prove all of those teams wrong. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Brian Johnson has something to prove this spring," 22 Feb. 2020 According to the complaint, the hospital staff got her race wrong, marking her down as Hispanic, when Shalynne was half white and half black. Tana Ganeva, Teen Vogue, "Amy Vilela’s Fight for Medicare for All Is Personal," 18 Feb. 2020 The diagram represents everything that has gone wrong within a child's cells to cause cancer. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Rutter, meanwhile, lost all his money multiple times in Double Jeopardy and got the Final Jeopardy question wrong after betting everything. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Ken Jennings Beats James Holzhauer by $200 in First Round of Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb One is, does anybody feel they were wronged as a team by Houston? Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Why Greg Bird may have a real chance to overtake Ronald Guzman as Rangers’ first baseman," 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, "Workplace mass shootings are rare. Milwaukee rampage was the first of 2020.," 27 Feb. 2020 Both films observed not merely social injustice but the conflicted emotions of people who feel variously wronged, as well as their different methods of achieving forgiveness and recovering their humanity. Armond White, National Review, "Just Mercy Proves Art Is Not Activism," 24 Jan. 2020 Matthew 18, the scripture that prescribes how to reconcile with someone who has wronged you, was pushed in his face. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 Li is now widely seen in China as a whistleblower and a hero who should have been listened to, and whom authorities wronged. Jane Li, Quartz, "Chinese people are using “Les Misérables” and “Chernobyl” to mourn coronavirus whistleblower," 7 Feb. 2020 The fact that Democrats have more ground for complaint is at once provable and practicably immaterial, given how equally wronged both sides feel. The Economist, "Fahrenheit Wisconsin," 18 Dec. 2019 The Sun was once a planet A lot of people seem to feel that scientists wronged Pluto by changing its classification. Christopher Palma, The Conversation, "Planetary confusion – why astronomers keep changing what it means to be a planet," 16 Dec. 2019 ExxonMobil’s communications on climate change had neither the intent nor the effect of wronging the company’s investors. Walter Olson, National Review, "The Hashtag Prosecution against Exxon," 16 Dec. 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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Cite this Entry

“Wrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrong. Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for wrong

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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