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English adjective: wrong

1. wrong not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth

SamplesAn 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.


Similarerroneous, fallacious, false, mistaken

See alsofalse, improper, inaccurate

Attributecorrectness, rightness

Antonymscorrect, right

2. wrong contrary to conscience or morality or law

SamplesIt is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor.
Cheating is wrong.
It is wrong to lie.

Similarbase, condemnable, criminal, deplorable, immoral, misguided, mistaken, reprehensible, vicious

See alsoevil, immoral, improper, unethical, unjust, wicked



3. wrong not appropriate for a purpose or occasion

SamplesSaid all the wrong things.




4. wrong not functioning properly

SamplesSomething is amiss.
Has gone completely haywire.
Something is wrong with the engine.

Synonymsamiss, awry, haywire

Similarmalfunctioning, nonfunctional


5. wrong based on or acting or judging in error

SamplesIt is wrong to think that way.


Antonymscorrect, right

6. wrong not in accord with established usage or procedure

SamplesThe wrong medicine.
The wrong way to shuck clams.
It is incorrect for a policeman to accept gifts.




7. wrong used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward

SamplesSocks worn wrong side out.



8. wrong badly timed

SamplesAn ill-timed intervention.
You think my intrusion unseasonable.
An untimely remark.
It was the wrong moment for a joke.

Synonymsill-timed, unseasonable, untimely



9. wrong characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules

SamplesHe submitted a faulty report.
An incorrect transcription.
The wrong side of the road.

Synonymsfaulty, incorrect



English noun: wrong

1. wrong (attribute) that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law

SamplesHe feels that you are in the wrong.


Broader (hypernym)injustice, unjustness

Antonymsrightfulness, right

2. wrong (act) any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right

Synonymsdamage, legal injury

Broader (hypernym)injury

English adverb: wrong

1. wrong in an inaccurate manner

SamplesHe decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly.
She guessed wrong.

Synonymsincorrectly, wrongly

Antonymsaright, correctly, right

English verb: wrong

1. wrong (social) treat unjustly; do wrong to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat

Narrower (hyponym)aggrieve, sandbag, victimise, victimize

Antonymsredress, right, correct, compensate

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