wrongly

Definitions

  • "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
    "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv wrongly in an inaccurate manner "he decided to reveal the details only after other sources had reported them incorrectly","she guessed wrong"
    • adv wrongly without justice or fairness "wouldst not play false and yet would wrongly win"- Shakespeare"
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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: Dennis H. sent in a link proving this fact to be wrong, which means the book I got it from was wrong. I contacted the U.S. Mint and found that the first circulated coins 11,178 copper cents were minted in March 1793.
    • adv Wrongly In a wrong manner; unjustly; erroneously; wrong; amiss; as, he judges wrongly of my motives. "And yet wouldst wrongly win."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Finagle's Law was the one that went, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Not Murphy's Law.
    • wrongly In a wrong or erroneous manner; unjustly; mistakenly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
    • adv Wrongly in a wrong manner
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Quotations

  • George Bush
    George Bush
    “What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?”
  • Antonio Porchia
    Antonio Porchia
    “They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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    “Nature is seldom in the wrong, custom always.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A good man dies when a boy goes 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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrang, a wrong; most prob. Scand., Ice. rangr, unjust, Dan. vrang, wrong. Skeat explains A.S. wrang as from wrang, pa.t. of wringan, to wring, like Fr. tort, from L. tortus, twisted.

Usage

In literature:

Wrong motive or wrong relationship sends a bad stream into a good channel.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
But I think I know what is wrong.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
He had not wronged her; it was the other Lucia he had wronged.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The origin of the wrong has to be traced back to me.
"The Inner Shrine" by Basil King
But the lift man was wrong.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
O Theseus, I am cruelly harassed with wrong heaped on wrong.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
You'll see you 'm wrong like the rest.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
I was evidently wrong, for if they did they could not endure seeing so little of each other.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
But what wonder if children go wrong when their own mothers neglect to correct them.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
He is wrong, he was always wrong.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Perhaps you say it is wrong, but your leader never does, and you quarrel with anybody who says it is wrong.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
But there were wrongs on both sides, deep, deadly wrongs on every side!
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
It is wrong, I say, a thousand times wrong.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
The poor young fellow had no special vocation, and he owned to Max afterwards that he feared that he had done the wrong thing.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
You have his wrong side ... his side of peculiar wrongness ... to you just now.
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Still, she could not spend the night upon the wrong bank, and the fire was drawing closer all the time.
"Harding of Allenwood" by Harold Bindloss
Much thanks they gave the women when found was nothing wrong.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
She was essentially an honest person and unable to do a thing she knew was wrong.
"Gargoyles" by Ben Hecht
If slavery was not wrong, nothing was wrong.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
Injustice, cruelty, selfishness are the wrong and the bad.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
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In poetry:

"'And if she who wronged her parents, with her
child atones to them,
Earthly daughter, Heavenly Mother! thou at least
wilt not condemn!'
"Mary Garvin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And within me doubt keeps saying--
"What is wrong? and what is right?
Hear the cursing! hear the praying!
All are straying on in night."
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
And here is a song without metre;
And, here again, nothing is wrong;
(For nothing on earth could be neater)
Except that--it isn't a song.
"Fashions" by Alfred Noyes
But still we fought the wrong we loath'd,
And though we fought in vain,
Our wills in fleshly weakness cloth'd,
Would try the fight again.
"Temptation" by Thomas Frederick Young
Too late in the wrong rain
They come together whom their love parted:
The windows pour into their heart
And the doors burn in their brain.
"On A Wedding Anniversary" by Dylan Thomas
Have we not known, nor heard, nor read
How God does hate deceit and wrong?
How Ananias was struck dead,
Caught with a lie upon his tongue?
"Against Lying" by Isaac Watts

In news:

The theory could explain why it can be so difficult to convince anorexic patients that anything is wrong with them, Dwyer told LiveScience.
Wow, was I proven wrong again.
You're Doing It Wrong: Apple Butter .
You're Doing It Wrong: Apple Chutney.
Critics are wrong to say that the Ryan plan will simply shift costs and risks to the beneficiaries .
Remember, this is a show house, so what is wrong with this picture.
You're Doing It Wrong: Black-Eyed Pea s.
Judge Blackwood wrong to order new Christian/Newsom trials, should step down, cites 'little birdies'.
Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeries.
Either way, you don't want to look too chunky or bulky by choosing the wrong sweater for your body.
They got it wrong and cost the Packers the game.
Obama team pushing wrong issues.
Yet in the wrong hands, this sauce can go awry.
OSAGE BEACH — For the Fulton Hornets soccer team, it was the wrong time to come out on the wrong end of an identical outcome against the Helias Crusaders.
Wrong-Site and Wrong-Patient Procedures in the Universal Protocol Era.
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In science:

Besso collaborated with Einstein on the wrong gravitational (the "Enrwurf") theory, and their calculation based on this theory gave a wrong result.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
This means that we should try to avoid playing the wrong notes, which could make our brains learn the wrong pattern and establish the wrong memory.
Music in Terms of Science
What could possibly be wrong with such a physically appealing argument? The answer is that, in certain circumstances, nothing goes wrong with it.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
This important background can easily be evaluated and subtracted by performing the ˜χ0 1 reconstruction procedure using the wrong flavor of the lepton as described in the ‘wrong flavor’ technique below.
Summary of the SUSY Working Group of the 1999 Les Houches Workshop
In the ‘wrong flavor’ technique, the combinatorial background is evaluated using all of the lepton-jet-jet combinations satisfying the cuts for the ˜χ0 1 candidate, but using the leptons with the wrong flavor, i.e. electrons if the ˜χ0 1 decays into muons and vice versa.
Summary of the SUSY Working Group of the 1999 Les Houches Workshop
The data points with error bars show angular distributions with (a) both right and wrong solutions and (b) with the wrong solution distribution, assumed flat, subtracted (see text).
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
In summary, the outliers in the two panels of Figure A13 are sources with wrong photometric redshifts due to photometry problems (about one third of them), ob jects with slightly overestimated redshifts (∼50% of them), or probably wrong spectroscopic redshifts (10%–20%).
Spitzer view on the evolution of star-forming galaxies from z=0 to z~3
However, even if some claims for the Θ+ observation are wrong it does not mean that all observations are wrong.
Experimental Review on Pentaquarks
In the frequentist scenario, we may end up with a sub-optimal test, but we will not get wrong results if we use the wrong likelihood function.
Constraining topology in harmonic space
Let me stress that, if the continuum limit is wrong, then the results from rooted simulations are simply wrong, and there is no a priori reason for them to be close to those of QCD.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
Despite its appeal, however, Procedure A can be shown to be wrong, in the sense that it generates a completely wrong approximation to the “true” distribution of the test statistic under the null hypothesis.
On approximating the distributions of goodness-of-fit test statistics based on the empirical distribution function: The case of unknown parameters
The principle of calculation is right or wrong and the CWTS way of normalizing for a group is just wrong.
The danger of pseudo science in Informetrics
The data is compared with the results obtained. If we compare the output results with that of the data input, the output is becoming zero whenever there is less amplitude data in the input and also high amplitude in the input indicating the wrong data. The wrong data is identified and are displayed in the plots.
Implementation of the Six Channel Redundancy to achieve fault tolerance in testing of satellites
They have the wrong matter and wrong forces.
Searching for the Standard Model in the String Landscape : SUSY GUTs
Evidence for mixing in “wrong sign” decays “Wrong sign” (WS) decays D0 → K +π− (π 0 ) are sensitive to mixing.
CP Violation in Charm Mixing Results from Belle, BaBar and Tevatron
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