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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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  • A continuation of the wrongful exclusion of these Indians from their lands should not inure to the benefit of the wrongdoers.

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

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • But it was answered that the defendant committed a wrongful act when he surcharged the boat, and the objection was overruled.

    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
  • The exercise of either spiritual or temporal power for purposes of intimidation or wrongful coercion was to him hateful.

    The Earl of Mayo William Wilson Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for wrongful


immoral, unjust, or illegal
Derived Forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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