- an invasion of another's right, to his damage.
- a tort.
verb (used with object)
- written law,
- wrong 'un,
- wrong end of the stick, the,
- wrong font,
- wrong fount,
- wrong number
- to go amiss; fail: Everything is going wrong today.
- to pursue an immoral course; become depraved: Bad friends caused him to go wrong.
Origin of wrong
Examples from the Web for wrong
But Cosby Truthers are applying their principles to the wrong cause.
Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yes, publicizing tragedy gets clicks, gets ad revenue, gets notoriety, and can be done for all the wrong reasons.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The only great thing he did as governor was to insist that the death penalty was just wrong.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It would definitely be wrong for TLC to encourage us to gawk at these men but their story is worth investigating nonetheless.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps I was wrong to lose my temper and threaten him, but I am half mad.An American Suffragette|Isaac N. Stevens
How are we to know what is right and wrong, and what are our motives for approving and disapproving the good and the bad?The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
A common explanation is that the scribe mistook numerals in the MS. before him and wrote the wrong figures.Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda|Anonymous
To keep silence about so monstrous a wrong as this merely because the subject is a tabooed one was not possible to Brieux.Three Plays by Brieux|Eugne Brieux
"You are all wrong," said Audrey, and lighted a fresh cigaret.Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to turn out other than intended
- to make a mistake
- (of a machine, etc) to cease to function properly
- to go astray morally
- to fail to understand properly
- to fail to provide the correct answer to
- an infringement of another person's rights, rendering the offender liable to a civil action, as for breach of contract or torta private wrong
- a violation of public rights and duties, affecting the community as a whole and actionable at the instance of the Crowna public wrong
Word Origin for wrong
late Old English, "twisted, crooked, wry," from Old Norse rangr, earlier *wrangr "crooked, wry, wrong," from Proto-Germanic *wrangaz (cf. Danish vrang "crooked, wrong," Middle Dutch wranc, Dutch wrang "sour, bitter," literally "that which distorts the mouth"), from PIE *wrengh- "to turn" (see wring).
Sense of "not right, bad, immoral, unjust" developed by c.1300. Wrong thus is etymologically a negative of right (from Latin rectus, literally "straight"). Latin pravus was literally "crooked," but most commonly "wrong, bad;" and other words for "crooked" also have meant "wrong" in Italian and Slavic. Cf. also French tort "wrong, injustice," from Latin tortus "twisted." Wrong-headed first recorded 1732. To get up on the wrong side (of the bed) "be in a bad mood" is recorded from 1801.
"that which is improper or unjust," c.1100, from wrong (adj.). Meaning "an unjust action" is recorded from c.1200.
"to do wrong to," early 14c., from wrong (adj.). Related: Wronged; wronging.
see back the wrong horse; bark up the wrong tree; do someone wrong; get someone wrong; get up on the wrong side of bed; go wrong; in the wrong; on the right (wrong) foot; on the right (wrong) tack; right (wrong) side of the tracks; rub the wrong way; take the wrong way; two wrongs do not make a right.