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[rawng-fuh l, rong-] /ˈrɔŋ fəl, ˈrɒŋ-/
unjust or unfair:
a wrongful act; a wrongful charge.
having no legal right; unlawful:
The court ruled it was a wrongful diversion of trust income.
Origin of wrongful
Middle English word dating back to 1275-1325; See origin at wrong, -ful
Related forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
unwrongful, adjective
unwrongfully, adverb
unwrongfulness, noun
Can be confused
wrong, wrongful. Unabridged
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  • The good Bishop of Montreal absolved her from her wrongful vow.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Any wrongful and direct application of force is redressed by that action.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • That is the image of Ægisthus, upon whom vengeance came for the wrongful deed.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • He pleaded with them to repent and turn from their wrongful course.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • Who seeks to please him in any wrongful way will assuredly succeed.

British Dictionary definitions for wrongful


immoral, unjust, or illegal
Derived Forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
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