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 wrong (audio) \; wrongest\ ˈrȯŋ-​əst How to pronounce wrong (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 wrong (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 of wronged them of their land

Other Words from wrong

Adjective

wrongly \ ˈrȯŋ-​lē How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ adverb
wrongness noun

Verb

wronger \ ˈrȯŋ-​ər How to pronounce wrong (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wrong

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, Micheal believes both the squeegee worker and the driver from Thursday’s altercation are in the wrong. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 8 July 2022 Through her prolific film career, Judi Dench proved one doubtful director wrong. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 Not the wrong done to Hazel Scott, the famous Black pianist, who was barred from the Hall in 1945. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 The Biden administration should be applauded for working to right this grave wrong. WSJ, 5 July 2022 After nearly 50 years, the Supreme Court has righted a grave wrong in rejecting its ruling in Roe v. Wade. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, 5 July 2022 Its uniqueness must be protected from encroachment of wrong-sized and out-of-character development. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2022 Despite getting the job title wrong, Crane clearly meant the vice provost position. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 4 July 2022 In most legal systems, a person who witnesses a wrong and does nothing bears ethical responsibility but no legal consequences. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Fair Credit Billing Act protects purchases where the date is wrong. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Two things have been equally true about the Pac-12 Networks since their launch a decade ago: The business model was all wrong, but the production quality was all right. oregonlive, 26 July 2022 The resident of the home, Juliette Avigdor, hurried outside to ask what was wrong. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Encouraging people to express themselves is never wrong. Bill Jones, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 Mass shootings, climate change, human rights, women’s rights — each has been twisted into a narrative of right and wrong that suits the needs of the storyteller, whether that’s the politician, the judge, the voter, the media. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Don’t get us wrong — sunglasses, beach chairs, umbrellas and other sun-friendly essentials (not to mention the snacks and beverages) are also important. Nicole Charky-chami, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 Many people were never told that there’s a right and wrong way to dispose of their unused or expired medication. Mark Krupnik, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Everyone swears by their favorite moisturizer and don't get us wrong—the actress still loves a good hydrating product, but her go-to skincare product is actually Allegra Hives. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Stocking spare parts is a guessing game and if the services guess wrong on a six-month patrol at sea, the mission can suffer for it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 Of course, the likelier reality is that the motion picture academy, surprise surprise, gets it wrong more often than not and that Hanks, like all actors blessed with the gift of longevity, has become a far greater, subtler actor with time. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Three years after a school science experiment gone wrong left him with severe burns, student Priest James Rivera credits his recovery to his passion for golf. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Outside of a handful of individuals, economists have thus far devoted remarkably little attention to how their theories and models got inflation so wrong. Greg Ip, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Perhaps reading about some of the things that can go wrong at a wedding will inspire people to avoid these pitfalls. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 19 June 2022 Perhaps reading about some of the things that can go wrong at a wedding will inspire people to avoid these pitfalls. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 18 June 2022 Yes, there are a lot of things that could go wrong this summer. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Landis was proven wrong a dozen years later when Chicago Cubs’ owner Philip K. Wrigley started the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while many of the top big-league players were fighting in World War II. Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plus: One Quick Buck takes a look at an early 90s top draft choice, and Jim wants to wrong some rights in What's Making Jim Mad. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2021 People can wrong us in ways that arise from our vulnerability to them. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Until then, much could wrong, driving the economy off the proverbial rails. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 21 Oct. 2020 However, Reid notes that elected officials like sheriffs have little incentive to take action against poll watchers within their community, and that law enforcement is thinking about groups like the Proud Boys all wrong anyway. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 20 Oct. 2020 And part of that reliability is simply because there's so little that can wrong in a car this primitive. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2020 Dylan McDermott and Darren Criss, features fictional characters and real-life icons, including Rock Hudson (played by Jake Picking), Hattie McDaniel (Queen Latifah) and Anna May Wong (Michelle Krusiec), whom Murphy feels were wronged. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 4 May 2020 Suey Sing Tong elders decided that Low Sing had been wronged and demanded that the Kwong Ducks pay reparations. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 13 Dec. 2019 But regardless of their own identities, our student journalists must be allowed — and must have the courage — to cover our community freely and unfettered by harassment each time members of the community feel they have been wronged. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for wrong

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

wrong

transitive verb

Legal Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a wrong to : treat with injustice

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