[rawngd, rongd]


treated unfairly or unjustly: the wronged party in the dispute.

Nearby words

  1. wrong side of the tracks,
  2. wrong-foot,
  3. wrong-headed,
  4. wrongdoer,
  5. wrongdoing,
  6. wrongful,
  7. wrongful death,
  8. wrongfully,
  9. wrongheaded,
  10. wrongheadedly

Origin of wronged

First recorded in 1540–50; wrong + -ed2

Related formsun·wronged, adjective


[rawng, rong]


not in accordance with what is morally right or good: a wrong deed.
deviating from truth or fact; erroneous: a wrong answer.
not correct in action, judgment, opinion, method, etc., as a person; in error: You are wrong to blame him.
not proper or usual; not in accordance with requirements or recommended practice: the wrong way to hold a golf club.
out of order; awry; amiss: Something is wrong with the machine.
not suitable or appropriate: He always says the wrong thing.
(of clothing) that should be worn or kept inward or under: You're wearing the sweater wrong side out.


that which is wrong, or not in accordance with morality, goodness, or truth; evil: I committed many wrongs.
an injustice: The wrongs they suffered aged them.
  1. an invasion of another's right, to his damage.
  2. a tort.


in a wrong manner; not rightly; awry; amiss: You did it wrong again.

verb (used with object)

to do wrong to; treat unfairly or unjustly; harm.
to impute evil to (someone) unjustly; malign.

Origin of wrong

before 1100; (adj.) Middle English wrong, wrang, Old English wrang, perhaps < Old Danish wrang; compare Danish vrang wrong, Old Norse rangr awry; (v. and adv.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (noun) Middle English; Old English wrang, derivative of the adj.; akin to wring

Related formswrong·er, nounwrong·ly, adverbwrong·ness, nounqua·si-wrong, adjective

Can be confusedwrong wrongful

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Examples from the Web for wronged

British Dictionary definitions for wronged



not correct or truthfulthe wrong answer
acting or judging in erroryou are wrong to think that
(postpositive) immoral; badit is wrong to cheat
deviating from or unacceptable to correct or conventional laws, usage, etc
not intended or wantedthe wrong road
(postpositive) not working properly; amisssomething is wrong with the engine
US (of a side, esp of a fabric) intended to face the inside so as not to be seen
get on the wrong side of or US get in wrong with informal to come into disfavour with
go down the wrong way (of food) to pass into the windpipe instead of the gullet


in the wrong direction or manner
go wrong
  1. to turn out other than intended
  2. to make a mistake
  3. (of a machine, etc) to cease to function properly
  4. to go astray morally
get wrong
  1. to fail to understand properly
  2. to fail to provide the correct answer to


a bad, immoral, or unjust thing or action
  1. an infringement of another person's rights, rendering the offender liable to a civil action, as for breach of contract or torta private wrong
  2. a violation of public rights and duties, affecting the community as a whole and actionable at the instance of the Crowna public wrong
in the wrong mistaken or guilty

verb (tr)

to treat unjustly
to discredit, malign, or misrepresent
to seduce or violate
Derived Formswronger, nounwrongly, adverbwrongness, noun

Word Origin for wrong

Old English wrang injustice, from Old Norse vrang; see wring

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Word Origin and History for wronged
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Idioms and Phrases with wronged


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.

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