- 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 wrongnessoffense, immorality, violation, fault, wrong, evil, crime, lust, shortcoming, transgression, guilt, wrongdoing, error, misdeed, sloth, deficiency, damnation, anger, demerit, wickedness
Examples from the Web for wrongness
Contemporary Examples of wrongness
They did wrong, and whether you call that wrong "heckling" or something else does not alter its wrongness.The Newtown Heckling Controversy
January 30, 2013
I rested my hand again on Cobber's head - and the wrongness was stronger.RIP Cobber
October 1, 2012
But its wrongness gives me a weird thrill, given the company it keeps with so many successful experiments.Green Lantern vs. Wolverine
June 1, 2012
But the wrongness of these concerns in one case does not mean that they will always be wrong in every case.China, Trade Warrior
February 16, 2012
Historical Examples of wrongness
One could be quite sure about ones own wrongness, but how can one about other peoples?The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Everything I do is wrong, and I suffer horribly from this wrongness.The Last Days of Tolstoy
V. G. Chertkov
A conviction as to the rightness or wrongness of vers libre is no guarantee of a poet.Instigations
They are all wrong with the wrongness which is inseparable from human form.August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt
L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
The rightness or wrongness of an action lies in its consequences.Determinism or Free-Will?
- 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.