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

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The net result is that every fair use case will be decided by the judge based on the particular facts and that judge’s predilections of right and wrong. Schuyler Moore, Forbes, "Should Hollywood Be Afraid Of Fair Use After Google V. Oracle?," 8 Apr. 2021 This is about right and wrong and the responsibility a coach has to student-athletes. BostonGlobe.com, "Duxbury High School should dismiss its football coach after anti-Semitic play calls," 23 Mar. 2021 In Line of Duty, the line between right and wrong is often completely eviscerated. Olivia-anne Cleary, Vulture, "Flex Your Inner Sleuth With British Crime Drama Line of Duty," 23 Mar. 2021 For his bravado and, at times, profanity, Clark appeared to have a keen sense of right and wrong. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Neil Clark: How an indicted Statehouse lobbyist became a prized source amid the House Bill 6 scandal," 21 Mar. 2021 This informs the public’s sense of right and wrong and establishes a social foundation for other institutions, including markets. The Economist, "Why two former central bankers are talking about trust," 20 Mar. 2021 But there have long been tensions between the NRA and independent restaurateurs who say, whether right or wrong, that the national organization cares more for the major players in industry, not the little guys. Washington Post, "Independent restaurants lobbied hard for targeted economic relief. Now, they’re finally getting it.," 9 Mar. 2021 Garoppolo will have plenty of motivation — to prove Shanahan and general manager John Lynch wrong, and to build his value in the marketplace. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers QB tandem: Why Justin Fields, Jimmy Garoppolo would make sense together," 26 Mar. 2021 Andy called out Jimmy for saying the star's name wrong. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "So, Apparently We’ve Been Pronouncing Khloé Kardashian’s Name Wrong This Whole Time," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Medical experts say there’s no reason to believe anything is wrong with the vaccines. Eve Sneider, Wired, "Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News," 9 Apr. 2021 What could possibly go wrong with this terribly hasty plan? Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Young Adult thriller ‘Voyagers’ never quite takes off," 9 Apr. 2021 But medical and scientific organizations say his claim is wrong. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "New Arkansas Law—and Similar Bills—Endanger Transgender Youth, Research Shows," 9 Apr. 2021 Your book and software indicate that this position is wrong. Laurence Kotlikoff, Forbes, "Ask Larry: Isn't Social Security Incorrect That My Wife Can't Suspend Her Retirement Benefit Now?," 8 Apr. 2021 At that point, the officials’ red flags turned into full-on internal klaxon sirens blaring that something is wrong. Andy Meek, BGR, "Smuggled Nvidia GPUs recovered after dramatic, high-speed boat chase," 8 Apr. 2021 Eventually, so many viral particles are infecting so many cells that the immune system knows something must be wrong. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why the Coronavirus Can Infect Us Without Making Us Sick," 7 Apr. 2021 Other social media users joined Marsden in their criticisms of Fauci, characterizing him as often being wrong with his guidance on the virus. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Fauci slammed as 'consistently wrong' after saying decrease in Texas coronavirus cases 'confusing' following state's full reopening," 6 Apr. 2021 And online shoppers can’t go wrong with the Amazon Prime Store Card. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "These are our favorite store credit cards for 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The debacle serves as a stark example of what can go wrong in a bar setting during the pandemic, the CDC said. BostonGlobe.com, "CDC: A bar opening in Illinois leads to 46 COVID-19 cases," 5 Apr. 2021 His presentation Wednesday night was focused on how people react when things go wrong. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mental wellness resources presented at Carroll County Public Schools’ 2nd mental health seminar," 2 Apr. 2021 There is no central coordination if things go wrong for a country, and the Paris Club doesn’t cover this. Hannah Ryder, Quartz, "Two China-Africa experts on the stereotypes they’re surprised to still be unpacking," 1 Apr. 2021 In which case, the computer will combine camera footage and information from the car's sensors to draw its own conclusions—as well as alert the authorities the moment things go wrong. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "AI-Powered Automatic Crash Reconstruction Goes Live in Japan," 24 Mar. 2021 Not a lot of breadth and repeatability but the cost can be high if things go wrong. Ian Campbell, Forbes, "How To Assess ROI Potential Quickly," 18 Mar. 2021 For many, rare retributions for geopolitical skirmishes, and the threat of exit bans when things go wrong, are not a serious deterrent. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Westerners are increasingly scared of traveling to China as threat of detention rises," 9 Mar. 2021 With an overwhelming amount of trendy and expensive winter boot options on the market each season, there’s really no going wrong by sticking to a reliable classic that costs a fraction of the price. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Feels Like a Steal: This Iconic Combat Boot Gets a Wintery Update," 11 Nov. 2020 That stand symbolized a night where everything finally went right for a defense that has been plagued by the few things going horribly wrong at the worst times. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "The Bucs stopped here: Saints defense does it all in dominant performance," 8 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Until then, much could wrong, driving the economy off the proverbial rails. Mark Zandi For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Why the US economy won't gain any traction until 2021," 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, "How Online Extremists Could Interfere With the Election," 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, "1971 Fiat 124: Just Like Mom Drove," 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, "Jim Parsons on moving far away from Sheldon Cooper in Ryan Murphy's 'Hollywood'," 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, "When SF police broke the law to combat Chinatown’s violent gangs," 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, "Conservative writer Ben Shapiro.," 14 Nov. 2019 One is, does anybody feel they were wronged as a team by Houston? Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Why Greg Bird may have a real chance to overtake Ronald Guzman as Rangers’ first baseman," 19 Feb. 2020 Often, gunmen are longtime employees who feel wronged by the company or believe their work is not appreciated. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Workplace mass shootings are rare. Milwaukee rampage was the first of 2020.," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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“Wrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrong. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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wrong

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrong

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: behavior that is not morally good or correct
: a harmful, unfair, or illegal act

wrong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 4)

: not agreeing with the facts or truth
: speaking, acting, or judging in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth
: not suitable or appropriate for a particular purpose, situation, or person

wrong

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 3 of 4)

: in a way that does not agree with the facts or truth : in a way that results in an error
: in a way that is not suitable, proper, etc.

wrong

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wrong (Entry 4 of 4)

: to treat (someone) badly or unfairly

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

Legal Definition of wrong (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do a wrong to : treat with injustice

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