Meaning of WRONG in English


[wrong] n [ME, fr. OE wrang, fr. (assumed) wrang, adj., wrong] (bef. 12c) 1 a: 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; esp: tort

2: something wrong, immoral, or unethical; esp: principles, practices, or conduct contrary to justice, goodness, equity, or law

3: the state, position, or fact of being or doing wrong: as a: the state of being mistaken or incorrect b: the state of being guilty syn see injustice

[2]wrong adj ; wrong.est [ME, fr. (assumed) OE wrang, of Scand origin; akin to ON rangr awry, wrong; akin to OE wringan to wring] (13c) 1: not according to the moral standard: sinful, immoral "thought that war was ~"

2: not right or proper according to a code, standard, or convention: improper "it was ~ not to thank your host"

3: not according to truth or facts: incorrect "gave a ~ date"

4: not satisfactory (as in condition, results, health, or temper)

5: not in accordance with one's needs, intent, or expectations "took the ~ bus"

6: of, relating to, or constituting the side of something that is usu. 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 -- adv -- wrong.ness n -- wrong side of the tracks : a run-down or unfashionable neighborhood [3]wrong adv (13c) 1: without accuracy: incorrectly "guessed ~"

2: without regard for what is proper or just

3: in a wrong direction

4. a: in an unsuccessful or unfortunate way b: out of working order or condition

5: in a false light "don't get me ~" [4]wrong vt wronged ; (14c) 1 a: to do wrong to: injure, harm b: to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably: violate

2: defraud--usu. used with of

3: discredit, malign -- n syn 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".

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