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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 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 Despite its pervasiveness, this is a profoundly wrongheaded line of inquiry. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who," 2 Aug. 2019 Many, if not most, wrongheaded bills continue to be pushed by their authors and advocates even when their deficiencies become obvious. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Criticism kills California bill to nix reading teacher test," 14 July 2019 Any cracks in the system of child safety need to be filled, but putting an intended crack into the sacred seal of confession is simply wrongheaded and misguided. Thomas G. Plante, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Breaking sacred seal of confession was a misguided effort," 12 July 2019 The Frick has chosen a somewhat wrongheaded way of presenting the sixteenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Moroni. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Sanford Schwartz," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of wrongheaded

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrongheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongheaded. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrongheaded

: having or showing opinions or ideas that are wrong

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