What is the meaning of wrong?


  • That which is contrary to the principles of justice or law.
    • usage: "he feels that you are in the wrong"
  • Any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right.


  • Treat unjustly; do wrong to.


  • Not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth.
    • usage: "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"
  • Contrary to conscience or morality or law.
    • usage: "it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor"; "cheating is wrong"; "it is wrong to lie"
  • Not appropriate for a purpose or occasion.
    • usage: "said all the wrong things"
  • Not functioning properly.
    • usage: "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"
  • Based on or acting or judging in error.
    • usage: "it is wrong to think that way"
  • Not in accord with established usage or procedure.
    • usage: "the wrong medicine"; "the wrong way to shuck clams"; "it is incorrect for a policeman to accept gifts"
  • Used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward.
    • usage: "socks worn wrong side out"
  • Badly timed.
    • usage: "an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was the wrong moment for a joke"
  • Characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules.
    • usage: "he submitted a faulty report"; "an incorrect transcription"; the wrong side of the road"


  • In an inaccurate manner.
    • usage: "he decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly"; "she guessed wrong"
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APAWordNet. (2010). wrong. Retrieved May 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/wrong/definitions/1188489
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "wrong" http://smartdefine.org/wrong/definitions/1188489 (accessed May 26, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, wrong, Smart Define, viewed 26 May, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/wrong/definitions/1188489>.
MLAWordNet. "wrong" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/wrong/definitions/1188489>
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