Meaning of WRONG in English


I. ˈrȯŋ noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wrang, from * wrang, adjective, wrong

Date: before 12th century


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 ; 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: as

a. : the state of being mistaken or incorrect

b. : the state of being guilty

Synonyms: see injustice

II. adjective

( wrong·er ˈrȯŋ-ər ; wrong·est ˈrȯŋ-əst)

Etymology: 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

Date: 13th century

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·ly ˈrȯŋ-lē adverb

• wrong·ness noun

- wrong side of the tracks

III. adverb

Date: 13th century

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


a. : 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

IV. transitive verb

( wronged ; wrong·ing ˈrȯŋ-iŋ)

Date: 14th century


a. : to do wrong to : injure , harm

b. : to treat disrespectfully or dishonorably : violate

2. : defraud — usually used with of

wrong ed them of their land

3. : discredit , malign

• wrong·er ˈrȯŋ-ər noun


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.