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Definition 1: any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is a kind of ...) wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted

Definition 2: that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he feels that you are in the wrong

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is a kind of ...) the practice of being unjust or unfair

(wrong is a kind of ...) interact in a certain way

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

(... is a kind of wrong ) infringe on the rights of

(... is a kind of wrong ) treat harshly or unfairly

(... is a kind of wrong ) make a victim of

"I was victimized by this con-man"

Definition 4: contrary to conscience or morality or law - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is wrong for the rich to take advantage of the poor
  • cheating is wrong
  • it is wrong to lie

(wrong is similar to ...) wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment

"well-meaning but misguided teachers" "a mistaken belief" "mistaken identity"

(wrong is similar to ...) not adhering to ethical or moral principles

"base and unpatriotic motives" "a base, degrading way of life" "cheating is dishonorable" "they considered colonialism immoral" "unethical practices in handling public funds"

(wrong is similar to ...) bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure

"a criminal waste of talent" "a deplorable act of violence" "adultery is as reprehensible for a husband as for a wife"

(means also ...) morally bad in principle or practice

(means also ...) not suitable or right or appropriate

"slightly improper to dine alone with a married man" "improper medication" "improper attire for the golf course"

(means also ...) deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong

(means also ...) violating principles of justice

"unjust punishment" "an unjust judge" "an unjust accusation"

(means also ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

(means also ...) not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior

"unethical business practices"

(... are attributes of wrong) according with conscience or morality

Definition 5: not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) containing or characterized by error

"erroneous conclusions"

(wrong is similar to ...) based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information

"fallacious hope"

(wrong is similar to ...) arising from error

"a false assumption" "a mistaken view of the situation"

(means also ...) not accurate

"an inaccurate translation" "the thermometer is inaccurate"

(means also ...) not suitable or right or appropriate

"slightly improper to dine alone with a married man" "improper medication" "improper attire for the golf course"

(means also ...) not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality

"gave false testimony under oath" "false tales of bravery"

(... are attributes of wrong) conformity to fact or truth

Definition 6: based on or acting or judging in error - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is wrong to think that way

(wrong is similar to ...) obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion

"a wrongheaded policy"

Definition 7: in an inaccurate manner - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly
  • she guessed wrong

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he submitted a faulty report
  • an incorrect transcription
  • the wrong side of the road

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) not accurate

"an inaccurate translation" "the thermometer is inaccurate"

Definition 9: not appropriate for a purpose or occasion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • said all the wrong things

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) not suitable for a particular occasion etc

"noise seems inappropriate at a time of sadness" "inappropriate shoes for a walk on the beach" "put inappropriate pressure on them"

Definition 10: badly timed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an ill-timed intervention
  • you think my intrusion unseasonable
  • an untimely remark
  • it was the wrong moment for a joke

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) not opportune

"arrived at a most inopportune hour" "an inopportune visit"

Definition 11: used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • socks worn wrong side out

(wrong is similar to ...) relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space

"he reached into his inside jacket pocket" "inside out" "an inside pitch is between home plate and the batter"

Definition 12: not functioning properly - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • something is amiss
  • has gone completely haywire
  • something is wrong with the engine

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) not performing or able to perform its regular function

"a malfunctioning valve"

Definition 13: not in accord with established usage or procedure - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where wrong or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wrong medicine
  • the wrong way to shuck clams
  • it is incorrect for a policeman to accept gifts

Synonyms for wrong in the sense of this definition

(wrong is similar to ...) not suitable or right or appropriate

"slightly improper to dine alone with a married man" "improper medication" "improper attire for the golf course"

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