from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous.
- adj. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law; immoral or wicked.
- adj. Unfair; unjust.
- adj. Not required, intended, or wanted: took a wrong turn.
- adj. Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper: said the wrong thing.
- adj. Not in accord with established usage, method, or procedure: the wrong way to shuck clams.
- adj. Not functioning properly; out of order.
- adj. Unacceptable or undesirable according to social convention.
- adj. Designating the side, as of a garment, that is less finished and not intended to show: socks worn wrong side out.
- adv. In a wrong manner; mistakenly or erroneously.
- adv. In a wrong course or direction.
- adv. Immorally or unjustly: She acted wrong to lie.
- adv. In an unfavorable way. See Synonyms at amiss.
- n. An unjust or injurious act.
- n. Something contrary to ethics or morality.
- n. An invasion or a violation of another's legal rights.
- n. Law A tort. See Synonyms at injustice.
- n. The condition of being in error or at fault: in the wrong.
- transitive v. To treat unjustly or injuriously.
- transitive v. To discredit unjustly; malign.
- transitive v. To treat dishonorably; violate.
- idiom do (someone) wrong Informal To be unfaithful or disloyal.
- idiom go wrong To take a wrong turn or make a wrong move.
- idiom go wrong To go astray morally.
- idiom go wrong To go amiss; turn out badly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Incorrect or untrue.
- adj. Asserting something incorrect or untrue.
- adj. Immoral, not good, bad.
- adj. Improper; unfit; unsuitable.
- adj. Not working; out of order.
- adj. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
- adv. In a way that isn't right; done incorrectly; wrongly.
- n. Something that is immoral or not good.
- n. An instance of wronging someone (sometimes with possessive to indicate the wrongdoer).
- n. The incorrect or unjust position or opinion.
- n. The opposite of right; the concept of badness.
- v. To treat unjustly; to injure or harm.
- v. To deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice.
- v. To slander; to impute evil to unjustly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of wring. Wrung.
- adj. Twisted; wry.
- adj. 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
- adj. Not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable; improper; incorrect
- adj. Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous.
- adj. Designed to be worn or placed inward.
- adv. In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly.
- n. Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral
- n. Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To impute evil to unjustly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Crooked; twisted; wry.
- Not right in state, adjustment, or the like; not in order; disordered; perverse; being awry or amiss.
- Deviating from right or truth; not correct or justifiable in fact or morals; erroneous; perverse: as, wrong ideas; wrong courses.
- Deviating from that which is correct, proper, or suitable; not according to intention, requirement, purpose, or desire: as, the wrong side of a piece of cloth (the side to be turned inward).
- In a state of misconception or error; not correct in action, belief, assertion, or the like; mistaken; in error.
- Wrong is in all senses the opposite and correlative of right.
- Synonyms Unfit, unsuitable, inappropriate, inapposite.
- Immoral, inequitable, unfair.
- Incorrect, faulty.
- n. That which is wrong, amiss, or erroneous; the opposite of right, or of propriety, truth, justice, or goodness; wrongfulness; error; evil.
- n. Wrong action or conduct; anything done contrary to right or justice; a violation of law, obligation, or propriety; in law, an invasion of right, to the damage of another person; a tort: as, to do or commit wrong, or a wrong.
- n. Harm or evil inflicted; damage or detriment suffered; an injury, mischief, hurt, or pain imparted or received: as, to do one a wrong.
- n. A state of being wrrong or of acting wrongly; an erroneous or unjust view, attitude, or procedure in regard to anything: chiefly in the phrase in the wrong.
- n. To suffer the infliction of wrong; have wrong treatment.
- n. Synonyms and Sin, Iniquity, etc. See crime.
- In a wrong manner; not rightly; erroneously; incorrectly; amiss; ill.
- To do wrong to; treat unfairly, unjustly, or harmfully; do or say something injurious or offensive to; injure; harm; oppress; offend.
- To be the cause of wrong or harm to; affect injuriously; be hurtful to; in an old nautical use, to take the wind from the sails of, as a ship in line with another to windward.
- To be in the wrong in regard to; view or consider wrongly; give an erroneous seeming to; put in the wrong, or in a false light.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in an inaccurate manner
- v. treat unjustly; do wrong to
- adj. not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
- adj. not functioning properly
- n. that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
- adj. badly timed
- adj. used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward
- adj. contrary to conscience or morality or law
- adj. not in accord with established usage or procedure
- adj. characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules
- n. any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
- adj. not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
- adj. based on or acting or judging in error
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *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. (Wiktionary)