wrong·​head·​ed | \ ˈrȯŋ-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce wrongheaded (audio) \

Definition of wrongheaded

1 : stubborn in adherence to wrong opinion or principles wrongheaded in his opinions
2 : marked by perversity : contrary to sound judgment wrongheaded advice

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Other Words from wrongheaded

wrongheadedly adverb
wrongheadedness noun

Examples of wrongheaded in a Sentence

a wrongheaded approach to dealing with the problem
Recent Examples on the Web But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Rand Paul: One-third of Republicans will leave party if GOP senators go along with convicting Trump," 15 Jan. 2021 But that’s a wrongheaded framing for a real-world problem, said Jane Horvath, an analyst with the National Academy for State Health Policy, who spent a decade at Merck. Damian Garde, STAT, "Less than a movie ticket or ‘impossible to overpay’? Experts name their price for remdesivir," 15 May 2020 The tapes serve as a fact check for historians, showing the unsightly side of Kissinger: craven, wrongheaded, paranoid. John A. Farrell, New York Times, "How Do You Explain Henry Kissinger?," 28 Apr. 2020 But as reckless and frustrating as these demonstrations may be, such categorical dismissals are wrongheaded. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "What lockdown protests are really about," 22 Apr. 2020 This is not to say tariffs are inherently wrongheaded, Kennedy says. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Trump Administration Missteps Weaken U.S. Hand Entering Chinese Trade Negotiations," 9 Oct. 2019 Grogan, who found the document hasty and wrongheaded, launched a behind-the-scenes mutiny from Trump’s budget office, three former administration health officials told STAT. Lev Facher, STAT, "How Joe Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist, upended Trump’s drug pricing agenda," 22 Oct. 2019 Of all the wrongheaded policies Trump and his Republican Party insist on pursuing, their stubborn denial of climate change is the most baffling — and the most obviously self-destructive. Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Trump better know how to swim — sea-level rise may claim Mar-a-Lago," 18 Aug. 2019 There persists a wrongheaded and entrenched wisdom among politicians and élite journalists that to call something racist is to violate etiquette. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "Trump, the Squad, and the “Standard Definition” of Racism," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of wrongheaded

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jan 2021

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“Wrongheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongheaded. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongheaded

: having or showing opinions or ideas that are wrong

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