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

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And then reverse the wrongheaded and potentially dangerous hiring procedures implemented by an Obama administration obsessed with racial balance. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "The Airport Control Tower Is No Place for Racial Redress," 5 June 2018 Experience, however, suggests that this quest for solutions is most of the time wrongheaded. Thanassis Cambanis, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop trying to fix everything," 16 Feb. 2018 Your idea that no one should apologize for anything is wrongheaded. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Overseas lover pressures woman for quick marriage," 17 June 2018 Ideas built on a wrongheaded understanding of heredity had devastating consequences. Jennifer Raff, New York Times, "In an Age of Gene Editing and Surrogacy, What Does Heredity Mean?," 31 May 2018 Officials from the three trading partners – among Washington's closest allies for decades – have dismissed the idea that their shipments to American customers endanger the United States – and some prominent Republicans attacked it as wrongheaded. Anchorage Daily News, "Mexico, Canada, Europe retaliate against Trump’s metal tariffs," 31 May 2018 Conservatives like to paint this as some kind of fascistic cultural hegemony that stifles speech, which is incredibly wrongheaded and shortsighted. Bijan Stephen, GQ, "The Defiant Anthems of Chvrches," 21 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports Caster Semenya is a woman who is too much a man, according to new wrongheaded rules in track and field. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Is this woman too much a man? Track’s powers that be think so," 8 May 2018 In both, Kanye is quietly insightful and brashly ignorant, as wrongheaded as his critics have said and more lucid than he's given credit for. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Kanye West Is Giving His Most Radical Performance Yet," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of wrongheaded

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wrongheaded was in 1723

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongheaded

: having or showing opinions or ideas that are wrong

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