- ( RP ) IPA: /ɹɒŋ/
- ( US ) IPA: /ɹɔŋ/, /ɹɑŋ/
- Rhymes: -ɒŋ
- Incorrect or untrue .
- Asserting something incorrect or untrue .
- Immoral, not good, bad .
- Improper; unfit; unsuitable .
- Not working; out of order .
- Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth
- 2007 January 3, Ken Miller, “The Collapse of Intelligent Design: Will the next Monkey Trial be in Ohio?”, Case Western University, Strosacker Auditorium
- that statement is wrong. Now that's not an incidental statement, that is the heart and soul of the Intelligent Design argument, and in this case it turns out to be wrong. Now it's even wronger than that [laughter] because it turns out that not only do these proteins make up the Type-III Secretory Apparatus but almost every protein in the bacerial flagellum is strongly homologous to proteins that have other functions elsewhere in the cell .
- Something that is immoral or not good .
- An instance of wronging someone ( sometimes with possessive to indicate the victim ) .
- The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.
- The opposite of right; the concept of badness.
- To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
- To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
- To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.
- 1598: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene II, line 121. — O masters! if I were dispos'd to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong, Who ( you all know ) are honorable men. I will not do them wrong; I rather choose To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you, Than I will wrong such honorable men .
- bark up the wrong tree
- civil wrong
- go down the wrong way
- go wrong
- in the wrong
- my country, right or wrong
- not that there's anything wrong with that
- put a foot wrong
- rub somebody the wrong way
- start off on the wrong foot
- two wrongs don't make a right
- two wrongs make a right
- wrong side of bed
- wrong 'un
From Middle English wrong, from Old English wrang ( “wrong, twisted, uneven” ), from Old Norse rangr, *wrangr ( “crooked, wrong” ), from Proto-Germanic *wrangaz ( “crooked, twisted, turned awry” ), from Proto-Indo-European *werḱ-, *werǵ-, *wrengʰ- ( “to twist, weave, tie together” ), from Proto-Indo-European base *wer- ( “to turn, bend” ). Cognate with Scots wrang ( “wrong” ), Danish vrang ( “wrong, crooked” ), Swedish vrång ( “perverse, distorted” ), Icelandic rangur ( “wrong” ), Dutch wrang ( “bitter, sour” ) and the name of the mythic Old Frisian city of Rungholt ( “crooked wood” ). More at wring .
Explanation of wrong by Wordnet Dictionary
- the report in the paper is wrong
- your information is wrong
- the clock showed the wrong time
- found themselves on the wrong road
- based on the wrong assumptions
- Wrong obs. imp. of Wring. Wrung. Chaucer.
- Wrong ( ?; 115 ), a. [OE. wrong, wrang, a. & n., AS. wrang, n.; originally, awry, wrung, fr. wringan to wring; akin to D. wrang bitter, Dan. vrang wrong, Sw. vrång, Icel. rangr awry, wrong. See Wring.]
1. Twisted; wry; as, “a wrong nose”. [Obs.] Wyclif ( Lev. xxi. 19 ).
2. Not according to the laws of good morals, whether divine or human; not suitable to the highest and best end; not morally right; deviating from rectitude or duty; not just or equitable; not true; not legal; as, “a wrong practice; wrong ideas; wrong inclinations and desires.”
3. Not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable; improper; incorrect; as, “to hold a book with the wrong end uppermost; to take the wrong way.”
I have deceived you both; I have directed you to wrong places. Shak.
4. Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, “a wrong statement”.
5. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, “the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth”.
Syn. -- Injurious; unjust; faulty; detrimental; incorrect; erroneous; unfit; unsuitable.
- Wrong, adv. In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly.
Ten censure wrong for one that writes amiss. Pope.
- Wrong, n. [AS. wrang. See Wrong, a.] That which is not right. Specifically: Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral right.
When I had wrong and she the right. Chaucer.
One spake much of right and wrong. Milton.
Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error; as, “to be in the wrong”. Whatever deviates from moral rectitude; usually, an act that involves evil consequences, as one which inflicts injury on a person; any injury done to, or received from; another; a trespass; a violation of right.
Friend, I do thee no wrong. Matt. xx. 18.
As the king of England can do no wrong, so neither can he do right but in his courts and by his courts. Milton.
The obligation to redress a wrong is at least as binding as that of paying a debt. E. Evereth.
☞ Wrongs, legally, are private or public. Private wrongs are civil injuries, immediately affecting individuals; public wrongs are crimes and misdemeanors which affect the community. Blackstone.
- Wrong ( ?; 115 ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wronged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wronging.]
1. To treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm to; to deal unjustly with; to injure.
He that sinneth . . . wrongeth his own soul. Prov. viii. 36.
2. To impute evil to unjustly; as, “if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me”.
I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honorable men. Shak.
Definition of wrong by GCIDE Dictionary