Wrong v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wronged p. pr. & vb. n. Wronging.]
1. To treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm to; to deal unjustly with; to injure.
He that sinneth . . . wrongeth his own soul. --Prov. viii. 36.
2. To impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me.
I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
Than I will wrong such honorable men. --Shak.
Wrong obs. imp. of Wring. Wrung.
1. Twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose. [Obs.]
2. Not according to the laws of good morals, whether divine or human; not suitable to the highest and best end; not morally right; deviating from rectitude or duty; not just or equitable; not true; not legal; as, a wrong practice; wrong ideas; wrong inclinations and desires.
3. Not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable; improper; incorrect; as, to hold a book with the wrong end uppermost; to take the wrong way.
I have deceived you both; I have directed you to wrong places. --Shak.
4. Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement.
5. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
Syn: -- Injurious; unjust; faulty; detrimental; incorrect; erroneous; unfit; unsuitable.
Wrong, adv. In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly.
Ten censure wrong for one that writes amiss. --Pope.
Wrong, n. That which is not right. Specifically: (a) Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral right.
When I had wrong and she the right. --Chaucer.
One spake much of right and wrong. --Milton.
(b) Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error; as, to be in the wrong. (c) Whatever deviates from moral rectitude; usually, an act that involves evil consequences, as one which inflicts injury on a person; any injury done to, or received from; another; a trespass; a violation of right.
Friend, I do thee no wrong. --Matt. xx. 18.
As the king of England can do no wrong, so neither can he do right but in his courts and by his courts. --Milton.
The obligation to redress a wrong is at least as binding as that of paying a debt. --E. Evereth.
Note: ☞ Wrongs, legally, are private or public. Private wrongs are civil injuries, immediately affecting individuals; public wrongs are crimes and misdemeanors which affect the community.
adj 1: not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth; "an
incorrect calculation"; "the report in the paper is
wrong"; "your information is wrong"; "the clock showed
the wrong time"; "found themselves on the wrong road";
"based on the wrong assumptions" [syn: incorrect]
[ant: correct, correct]
2: contrary to conscience or morality or law; "it is wrong for
the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is
wrong"; "it is wrong to lie" [ant: right]
3: not appropriate for a purpose or occasion; "unsuitable
attire for the office"; "said all the wrong things" [syn:
4: not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone
completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"
[syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)]
5: not according with the facts; "unfortunately the statement
was simply untrue"; "the facts as reported were wrong"
6: based on or acting or judging in error; "it is wrong to
think that way" [ant: right]
7: not in accord with established usage or procedure; "the
wrong medicine"; "the wrong way to shuck clams"
8: not conforming with accepted standards of propriety or
taste; undesirable; "incorrect behavior"; "she was seen in
all the wrong places"; "He thought it was wrong for her to
go out to work" [syn: inappropriate, incorrect]
9: used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face
inward; "socks worn wrong side out"
10: badly timed; "an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my
intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was
the wrong moment for a joke" [syn: ill-timed(a), ill
timed(p), unseasonable, untimely]
n 1: that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law;
"he feels that you are in the wrong" [syn: wrongfulness]
[ant: right, right]
2: a legal injury is any damage resulting from a violation of a
legal right [syn: legal injury, damage]
adv : in an incorrect manner; "she guessed wrong" [syn: incorrectly,
wrongly] [ant: correctly, correctly]
v : treat unjustly; do wrong to [ant: right]