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wrong

adjective

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1 falling short of a standard
  • there is something wrong with this cake—it has a funny taste

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2 having an opinion that does not agree with truth or the facts
  • I'm sorry, but the latest research proves you wrong

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4 not being in agreement with what is true
  • her answer that Thomas Jefferson was the second president of the United States is wrong—it was John Adams, of course

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5 not conforming to a high moral standard; morally unacceptable
  • was caught doing something wrong

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wrong

noun

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2 unfair or inadequate treatment of someone or something or an instance of this
  • trying to right all the wrongs in the world

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wrong

adverb

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off the desired or intended path or course
  • all of our carefully laid plans have gone wrong

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wrong

verb

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Frequently Asked Questions About wrong

How does the noun wrong contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of wrong are grievance, injury, and injustice. While all these words mean "an act that inflicts undeserved hurt," 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

When might grievance be a better fit than wrong?

The words grievance and wrong are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

In what contexts can injury take the place of wrong?

Although the words injury and wrong have much in common, injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation.

libel constitutes a legal injury

Where would injustice be a reasonable alternative to wrong?

The synonyms injustice and wrong are sometimes interchangeable, but injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights.

the injustices suffered by the lower classes

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The first known use of wrong was before the 12th century

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“Wrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wrong. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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