- an invasion of another's right, to his damage.
- a tort.
verb (used with object)
- 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
Synonyms for wrong
Related Words for wronginguntrue, inaccurate, mistaken, unsound, bad, erroneous, awry, amiss, misguided, false, reprehensible, illegal, unlawful, unfair, sinful, unjust, unethical, incorrect, funny, unacceptable
Examples from the Web for wronging
Historical Examples of wronging
Slade might possibly have refrained at the last moment from wronging Elsie.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
He would be wronging the Ivers if he did not do it, yet how ugly it could be made to look!Tristram of Blent
Theres one thing Im not likely to forget, said he, and that is, my wronging you as I did.
She did not stop to think how much she was wronging Charlie's faithful love.The Girls of St. Olave's
I am wronging him,” thought I. “This man, with all, is incapable of an act of treachery like that.The Scalp Hunters
- 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.