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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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  • Her indignation sometimes at the wrongfulness of certain things seemed to fill her with a consuming fire.

    Amaryllis at the Fair Richard Jefferies
  • He did not gloss over to himself the wrongfulness of his behaviour, or the seriousness of the situation.

    Paul the Courageous Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • If the reckless Conde thinketh to do these acts of wrongfulness with impunity, let him look to it!

    Mercedes of Castile J. Fenimore Cooper
  • The issue in an action for defamation is not the character of the plaintiff, but the wrongfulness of the particular statement.

  • You know that my opinions run with yours as to the folly of the king, and the wrongfulness and unwisdom of his policy.

  • Eyjolf Bolverk's son had no fine awarded for him, for his unfairness and wrongfulness.

  • No idea of wrongfulness in aiding the plot ever occurred either to Bertram or Maude.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
  • A euphuism has been invented to cover the wrongfulness of this system; it is now called 'discounting.'

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • Hence doth heav'nly justice Temper so evenly affection in us, It ne'er can warp to any wrongfulness.

British Dictionary definitions for wrongfulness


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