wrong

Definitions

  • "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
    "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wrong characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules; the wrong side of the road" "he submitted a faulty report","an incorrect transcription"
    • adj wrong not appropriate for a purpose or occasion "said all the wrong things"
    • adj wrong 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"
    • adj wrong based on or acting or judging in error "it is wrong to think that way"
    • adj wrong not functioning properly "something is amiss","has gone completely haywire","something is wrong with the engine"
    • adj wrong badly timed "an ill-timed intervention","you think my intrusion unseasonable","an untimely remark","it was the wrong moment for a joke"
    • adj wrong used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward "socks worn wrong side out"
    • adj wrong not in accord with established usage or procedure "the wrong medicine","the wrong way to shuck clams","it is incorrect for a policeman to accept gifts"
    • adj wrong 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"
    • adv wrong in an inaccurate manner "he decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly","she guessed wrong"
    • v wrong treat unjustly; do wrong to
    • n wrong any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
    • n wrong that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law "he feels that you are in the wrong"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling
A WILY DETECTIVE ON THE WRONG SCENT A WILY DETECTIVE ON THE WRONG SCENT
Nothing wrong with my eyesight Nothing wrong with my eyesight
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE LITTLE CHAP WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE LITTLE CHAP
The wrong side av yere road The wrong side av yere road
That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning That is an end of you,' she said. But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning
The wrong way to mount a horse—facing forward The wrong way to mount a horse—facing forward

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Finagle's Law was the one that went, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Not Murphy's Law.
    • Wrong imp. of Wring. Wrung.
    • Wrong Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
    • adv Wrong In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill; erroneously; wrongly. "Ten censure wrong for one that writes amiss."
    • Wrong 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.
    • Wrong Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent; not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement.
    • Wrong 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."
    • wrong See Nuisance.
    • n Wrong That which is not right.☞ Wrongs, legally, are private or public. Private wrongs are civil injuries, immediately affecting individuals; public wrongs are crimes and misdemeanors which affect the community. Blackstone. "When I had wrong and she the right.""One spake much of right and wrong .""Friend, I do thee no wrong .""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."
    • Wrong 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."
    • Wrong 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."
    • Wrong Twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
    • wrong Crooked; twisted; wry.
    • wrong Not right in state, adjustment, or the like; not in order; disordered; perverse; being awry or amiss.
    • wrong Deviating from right or truth; not correct or justifiable in fact or morals; erroneous; perverse: as, wrong ideas; wrong courses.
    • wrong Deviating from that which is correct, proper, or suitable; not according to intention, requirement, purpose, or desire: as, the wrong side of a piece of cloth (the side to be turned inward).
    • wrong In a state of misconception or error; not correct in action, belief, assertion, or the like; mistaken; in error.
    • wrong Wrong is in all senses the opposite and correlative of right.
    • wrong Synonyms Unfit, unsuitable, inappropriate, inapposite.
    • wrong Immoral, inequitable, unfair.
    • wrong Incorrect, faulty.
    • n wrong That which is wrong, amiss, or erroneous; the opposite of right, or of propriety, truth, justice, or goodness; wrongfulness; error; evil.
    • n wrong Wrong action or conduct; anything done contrary to right or justice; a violation of law, obligation, or propriety; in law, an invasion of right, to the damage of another person; a tort: as, to do or commit wrong, or a wrong.
    • n wrong Harm or evil inflicted; damage or detriment suffered; an injury, mischief, hurt, or pain imparted or received: as, to do one a wrong.
    • n wrong A state of being wrrong or of acting wrongly; an erroneous or unjust view, attitude, or procedure in regard to anything: chiefly in the phrase in the wrong.
    • n wrong To suffer the infliction of wrong; have wrong treatment.
    • n wrong Synonyms and Sin, Iniquity, etc. See crime.
    • wrong In a wrong manner; not rightly; erroneously; incorrectly; amiss; ill.
    • wrong To do wrong to; treat unfairly, unjustly, or harmfully; do or say something injurious or offensive to; injure; harm; oppress; offend.
    • wrong To be the cause of wrong or harm to; affect injuriously; be hurtful to; in an old nautical use, to take the wind from the sails of, as a ship in line with another to windward.
    • wrong To be in the wrong in regard to; view or consider wrongly; give an erroneous seeming to; put in the wrong, or in a false light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.
    • adj Wrong rong not according to rule or right, deviating from what is correct or suitable: perverse: not fit or suitable: incorrect: not right or true
    • n Wrong whatever is not right or just: any injury done to another: an erroneous view
    • adv Wrong not rightly
    • v.t Wrong to do wrong to: to deprive of some right: to injure
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good man dies when a boy goes wrong.”
  • Jimmy Hoffa
    Jimmy Hoffa
    “I may have faults, but being wrong ain't one of them.”
  • Meister Eckhart
    Meister%20Eckhart
    “Jesus might have said, I became man for you. If you do not become God for me, you wrong me.”
  • Marshall Field
    Marshall Field
    “Right or wrong, the customer is always right.”
  • Albert Guinon
    Albert Guinon
    “When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.”
  • Joseph Chilton Pearce
    Joseph Chilton Pearce
    “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Idioms

As mad as a wrongly shot hog - (USA) If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog, they are very angry. (Same as, Angry as a bear or Angry as a bull).
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Back the wrong horse - If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.
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Barking up the wrong tree - If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
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Born on the wrong side of the blanket - A child born on the wrong side of the blanket is illegitimate- his or her parents were not married at the time of the birth.
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Dead wrong - If someone is dead wrong, they are absolutely in error, absolutely incorrect or of incorrect opinion.
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Get out of bed on the wrong side - If you get out of bed on the wrong side, you wake up and start the day in a bad mood for no real reason.
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Right church, wrong pew - Right church, wrong pew means that someone is very nearly right, but someting is wrong.
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Rub someone up the wrong way - If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn't mean to, you rub them up the wrong way.
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Wrong end of the stick - If someone has got the wrong end of the stick, they have misunderstood what someone has said to them.
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Wrong foot - If you start something on the wrong foot, you start badly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrong, wrang, a. & n., AS. wrang, n.; originally, awry, wrung, fr. wringan, to wring; akin to D. wrang, bitter, Dan. vrang, wrong, Sw. vrång, Icel. rangr, awry, wrong. See Wring

Usage

In literature:

Of course we were wrong; of course we were foolish.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
I can not still the voice within me that says, 'Wrong, wrong,' to what I am doing.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
If you have done wrong, come to me and tell me like a man.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
Why should so many men marry the wrong girls, so many girls the wrong men?
"We Three" by Gouverneur Morris
Feelings of displeasure against what is wrong.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
But he had only become conscious of his wrongs as his wrongs had been gradually righted.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
This sentence is wrong.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
But surely right was right and wrong wrong.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
I think that she is wrong in what she is doing; thoroughly, absolutely wrong.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But He that took her canna do wrong.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I just had some wrong-number trouble.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
She found, however, that she had much wronged this energetic young lady.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Miss Mackenzie immediately saw that she had been wrong.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
She could not be certain what was the matter, but she saw that something was wrong.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
It was wrong to have delayed even for an instant.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
If you've done wrong, the wrong's done now, and frettin' won't help it.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Slavery was regarded by all as an evil, and by most as a wrong.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Instead of feeling right I have felt wrong all the time, almost, and I can't help it.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
What ever in the world's wrong with you?
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
I think you are wrong, Michael.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

Ghost of old love, wronged ghost,
Return: though all the pain
Of all once loved, long lost,
Come back again.
"To A Portrait" by Arthur Symons
Oh! have you heard the boastful song
Of Highland-Buckingham;
Who often in their zeal go wrong,
And never care a damn.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Her face seemed fair as Mary's is,
That knows no sin or wrong;
Her presence filled the silences
As music fills a song.
"Lilith" by Madison Julius Cawein
The wrong that pains my soul below
I dare not throne above,
I know not of His hate, - I know
His goodness and His love.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In that good sunlight well we knew
The hues of wrong and right;
We slept among the roses through
The long enchanted night.
"In Age" by Edith Nesbit
"And when the priest besought her to do me no
such wrong,
She said, 'May God forgive me! I have closed
my heart too long.'
"Mary Garvin" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

You're Doing It Wrong: Biscuits.
You're Doing It Wrong: Pancakes.
Why investors keep getting it wrong.
Best Buy's Time Is Running Out: What Went Wrong And How To Make It Right.
'I had the wrong ball-striking week at the wrong time'.
In Appalachian Ohio, long lines at food pantries show just how wrong-headed a plan for economic recovery based on enriching the wealthy really is.
The only thing wrong with October is that it is far too short.
The $35 credit card-sized computer was built with the wrong jack, Raspberry Pi said in a Thursday blog post.
Paddy's Day cuisine can include more than just corned beef and cabbage not that there's anything wrong with corned beef and cabbage (we love it).
'I Did An Awful, Awful Lot That Was Wrong'.
CAFTA is the wrong move for Congress.
Crews have re-opened lanes of northbound I-94 near the Milwaukee/Racine County line after an alleged wrong way drunk driving crash.
Don't get us wrong: We were all for long-jammer board shorts when they first trickled out from the surf crowd to the vacationer crowd.
Do you know what's wrong with you.
The first clue I was wrong: the butternut squash pizza.
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In science:

Thus, the wrong transfer function is used if one simply sets ˜δ0 ( ~m, ~n ) to δ0 ( ~m ).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
This is a simplification that proves wrong in some reports.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Clearly the analogue of 2.2 is wrong for C∞ (X ).
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
The indexing of the rows and columns is wrong; however, modulo the difference in labeling this should be the decomposition matrix of S (Λr,n ).
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
However, already the I −3 -analogue of theorem IV.6 seems to be wrong (see the following example).
(In)finiteness of Spherically Symmetric Static Perfect Fluids
If factors of 2, π and i seem to be wrong, they probably are.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
The reason for that wrong prefactor of Eq. (35) is the following.
Effects of nonlinear sweep in the Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg effect
However, it seems to be completely wrong to stress this particular aspect of the new theory and in what follows we will try to discuss mostly simple and natural physical aspects of string theory.
String Theory or Field Theory?
The energy difference of hits in each pair is required to be less than 7 keV to suppress wrong combinations.
Gamma-ray Polarimetry
U )((∀h ∈ imA)h(x) = 0 −→ ∗f (x) = 0). which is a wrong formula Robinson applied to ξ .
Elements of Nonstandard Algebraic Geometry
We prove this by assuming (wrongly) that A is recursive.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Since the work of Ferrenberg et al. [PRL 69, (1992)] some pseudo random number generators are known to yield wrong results in cluster Monte Carlo simulations.
Entropy of Pseudo Random Number Generators
It follows from the above, that the claim in stating that the NS inversion theory is fundamentally wrong, is correct and justified completely and in detail in .
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
One may argue that the NS theory, being fundamentally wrong as an inverse scattering theory, can be used as a parameter-fitting procedure.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
But this assumption could turn out to be wrong.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
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