wrong \wrong\, n. [as. wrang. see wrong, a.] 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. one spake much of right and wrong. (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. 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. the obligation to redress a wrong is at least as binding as that of paying a debt. 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. wrong \wrong\ (?), obs. imp. of wring. wrung. wrong \wrong\ (?; 115), a. [oe. wrong, wrang, a. & n., as. wrang, n.; originally, awry, wrung, fr. wringan to wring; akin to d. wrang bitter, dan. vrang wrong, sw. vr?ng, icel. rangr awry, wrong. see wring.] 1. twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose. [obs.] (lev. xxi. 19). 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. 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.
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A wrong (from Old English wrang – crooked) is an act that is illegal or immoral. Legal wrongs are usually quite clearly defined in law of each state or jurisdiction. They can be divided into civil wrongs and crimes (or criminal offences) in common law countries, while civil law countries tend to have some additional categories, such as contraventions.
Meaning Following a false scent. Origin Dogs bark at the bottom of trees where they think their quarry is hiding. Meaning Make a bad start to a project or relationship. Origin It used to be considered unlucky to put your left foot on the floor first when getting out of bed.
Noun 1. that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law; "he feels that you are in the wrong" (synonym) wrongfulness (antonym) right, rightfulness (hypernym) injustice, unjustness 2. a legal injury is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right (synonym) legal injury, damage (hypernym) wrongdoing, wrongful conduct, misconduct, actus reus Verb 1. treat unjustly; do wrong to (antonym) right, compensate, redress, correct (hypernym) treat, handle, do by (hyponym) aggrieve (derivation) wrongfulness Adjective 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" (synonym) incorrect (antonym) correct, right (similar) erroneous, inaccurate (see-also) false (attribute) correctness, rightness 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" (antonym) right (similar) condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible (see-also) evil, wicked (attribute) rightness 3. not appropriate for a purpose or occasion; "unsuitable attire for the office"; "said all the wrong things" (synonym) unsuitable, improper (similar) inappropriate 4. not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine" (synonym) amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p) (similar) malfunctioning, nonfunctional 5. not according with the facts; "unfortunately the statement was simply untrue"; "the facts as reported were wrong" (synonym) untrue (similar) false 6. based on or acting or judging in error; "it is wrong to think that way" (antonym) right, correct (similar) wrongheaded 7. not in accord with established usage or procedure; "the wrong medicine"; "the wrong way to shuck clams" (similar) improper 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" (synonym) inappropriate, incorrect (similar) improper 9. used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward; "socks worn wrong side out" (similar) inside 10. badly timed; "an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was the wrong moment for a joke" (synonym) ill-timed(a), ill timed(p), unseasonable, untimely (similar) inopportune Adverb 1. in an incorrect manner; "she guessed wrong" (synonym) incorrectly, wrongly
1.sinful,immoral 2.improper 3.incorrect 4.not satisfactory (as in condition, results, health, or temper)5.Based on or acting or judging in error eg:It is not altogether wrong to say that there is no such thing as a bad photograph -- only less interesting, less relevant, less mysterious ones.(S.SONTAG) EG:A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.(R.FROST) EG:If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work.(L.B.JOHNSON) EG:Did you ever notice that when a politician does get an idea he usually gets it all wrong.(D.MARQUIS)
imp. of Wring. Wrung. (v. t.)
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. (v. t.)
To impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable of a base act, you wrong me. (adv.)
In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly. (a.)
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. (a.)
Twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose. (a.)
That which is not right. (a.)
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. (a.)
Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement. (a.)
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. (a.)
Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral right. (a.)
Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of falsity; error; as, to be in the wrong. (a.)
Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
An injury; a tort a violation of right. In its most usual sense, wrong signifies an injury committed to the person or property of another, or to his relative rights, unconnected with contract; and these wrongs are committed with or without force. But in a more extended signification, wrong includes the violation of a contract; a failure by a man to perform his undertaking or promise is a wrong or injury to him to whom it was made.
Wrongs are divided into public and private. 1. A public wrong is an act which is injurious to the public generally, commonly known by the name of crime, misdemeanor, or offence, and it is punishable in various ways, such as indictments, summary proceedings, and upon conviction by death, imprisonment, fine, etc. 2. Private wrongs, which are injuries to individuals, unaffecting the public: these are redressed by actions for damages, etc.
This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.