wrong·​head·​ed ˈrȯŋ-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce wrongheaded (audio)
: stubborn in adherence to wrong opinion or principles
wrongheaded in his opinions
: marked by perversity : contrary to sound judgment
wrongheaded advice
wrongheadedly adverb
wrongheadedness noun

Examples of wrongheaded in a Sentence

a wrongheaded approach to dealing with the problem
Recent Examples on the Web The major-questions doctrine is a wrongheaded legal theory. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 McCloskey’s insistence that people should evaluate situations in transhistorical terms rather than protest the inequities of their own time and place proceeds from a wrongheaded conception of freedom that excises us from our contexts. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 The decision by Elizabeth Gilbert to indefinitely delay the publication of her novel is a wrongheaded attempt to help the Ukrainian cause. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 12 June 2023 And, above them, by a Supreme Court all too ready to leave even a wrongheaded conservative decision in place long enough to do real damage. Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Mar. 2023 These attacks have been paired with a disparaging and devaluing of of government work, leading talented personnel to pursue careers in the private sector on the wrongheaded assumption that exciting and innovative things can’t happen if Uncle Sam is paying the bills. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 June 2020 Susan Sontag, who set the agenda for all the wrongheaded ways of thinking about Arbus in a 1973 essay for the New York Review of Books, didn’t like this absence of advertised empathy. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 The new programs have angered both migrant advocates, who view it as overly harsh to people fleeing desperate circumstances, as well as advocates of tougher immigration enforcement, who see it as part of Biden’s wrongheaded approach to the problem. Brian Bennett, Time, 9 Jan. 2023 The wrongheaded predictions of 2022 were not outliers; 2022 was not exceptional; market predictions are always toss-ups. John Jennings, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wrongheaded was in 1723

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“Wrongheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongheaded. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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wrong·​head·​ed ˈrȯŋ-ˈhed-əd How to pronounce wrongheaded (audio)
: stubborn in clinging to wrong opinion or principles
wrongheadedly adverb
wrongheadedness noun

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