- 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
Related formswrong·er, nounwrong·ly, adverbwrong·ness, nounqua·si-wrong, adjective
Can be confusedwrong wrongful
Examples from the Web for wrongly
He said he has been wrongly accused of defrauding the U.S. government.
And why would the Innocence Project, an esteemed group dedicated to freeing the wrongly imprisoned, have framed an innocent man?Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When voters think things are going wrong, they figure out—rightly or wrongly—which party to blame.
Thus, there is potential for women to be wrongly charged under this new law, even if they were taking legally obtained drugs.Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability|Emily Shire|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He insisted that he always intended to confess to the crimes, in due time, and save the people who were wrongly arrested.
Somehow or other—my notes are not quite clear how—the parts had got mixed up, separated, or wrongly sorted.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies
You will not find in them a single line carelessly or wrongly drawn, not a single superfluous dot.Albert Durer|T. Sturge Moore
The goatherds of Nevada, however (rightly or wrongly), do not share this view.Wild Spain (Espaa agreste)|Abel Chapman
The reason we admire the tapering waist is because we have been wrongly educated.What a Young Woman Ought to Know|Mary Wood-Allen
Rightly or wrongly, that is what I resolved to do—for my family's sake as much as for my own.Young Blood|E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for wrongly
- 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
Derived Formswronger, nounwrongly, adverbwrongness, noun
Word Origin for wrong
Idioms and Phrases with wrongly
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.