- 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
Examples from the Web for wrongly
Contemporary Examples of wrongly
He said he has been wrongly accused of defrauding the U.S. government.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
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
November 13, 2014
When voters think things are going wrong, they figure out—rightly or wrongly—which party to blame.The Coming Democratic Midterm Collapse
August 2, 2014
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
April 15, 2014
He insisted that he always intended to confess to the crimes, in due time, and save the people who were wrongly arrested.‘I Will Commit a Massacre’
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
February 25, 2013
Historical Examples of wrongly
His motive in doing so is that the wrongly suspected may be cleared.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Falsepeace insisted that he was wrongly named in the indictment.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Light and heavy are wrongly explained with reference to a lower and higher in place.Timaeus
There was a sort of scoff in it which rightly or wrongly he took to himself.The Missionary
They run a great risk of not understanding them at all, or of understanding them wrongly.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
- 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.