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 (rông, rŏng)
1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous: a wrong answer.
a. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law: Stealing is wrong.
b. Unfair; unjust: The kids felt it was wrong when some got to go on the field trip but not others.
3. Not required, intended, or wanted: took a wrong turn.
4. Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper: said the wrong thing.
5. Not in accord with established usage, method, or procedure: the wrong way to shuck clams.
6. Not functioning properly; amiss: What is wrong with the TV?
7. Designating the side, as of a garment, that is less finished and not intended to show: socks worn wrong side out.
1. In a wrong manner; mistakenly or erroneously: answered wrong.
2. In a wrong course or direction: turned wrong at the crossroads.
3. Immorally or unjustly: She acted wrong in lying.
a. An unjust, injurious, or immoral act: felt that he had been done a wrong.
b. That which is unjust, immoral, or improper: doesn't seem to know right from wrong.
c. The condition of being in error or at fault: I hate being in the wrong.
a. An invasion or a violation of another's legal rights.
b. Law A tort.
tr.v. wronged, wrong·ing, wrongs
1. To treat (someone) unjustly or injuriously.
2. To discredit unjustly; malign: "those whom he had wronged with his bitter pen" (Evan I. Schwartz).
do (someone) wrong Informal
To be unfaithful or disloyal.
go wrong
1. To go amiss; turn out badly: What went wrong with their business?
2. To make a mistake or mistakes: parents wondering where they went wrong raising their child.
3. To behave immorally after a period of innocence or moral behavior: a young man who went wrong.

[Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

wrong′er n.
wrong′ly adv.
wrong′ness n.
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Verb1.go wrong - be unsuccessfulgo wrong - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
take it on the chin - undergo failure or defeat
miss - fail to reach or get to; "She missed her train"
overreach - fail by aiming too high or trying too hard
bobble, bodge, bollix, bollix up, botch, botch up, bumble, bungle, flub, fluff, foul up, louse up, mess up, mishandle, muck up, ball up, spoil, muff, screw up, fumble, blow - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
strike out - be unsuccessful in an endeavor; "The candidate struck out with his health care plan"
fall - suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside"
shipwreck - suffer failure, as in some enterprise
fall flat, fall through, founder, flop - fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered"
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(roŋ) adjective
1. having an error or mistake(s); incorrect. The child gave the wrong answer; We went in the wrong direction.
2. incorrect in one's answer(s), opinion(s) etc; mistaken. I thought Singapore was south of the Equator, but I was quite wrong.
3. not good, not morally correct etc. It is wrong to steal.
4. not suitable. He's the wrong man for the job.
5. not right; not normal. There's something wrong with this engine; What's wrong with that child – why is she crying?
incorrectly. I think I may have spelt her name wrong.
that which is not morally correct. He does not know right from wrong.
to insult or hurt unjustly. You wrong me by suggesting that I'm lying.
ˈwrongful adjective
not lawful or fair. wrongful dismissal from a job.
ˈwrongfully adverb
ˈwrongfulness noun
ˈwrongly adverb
1. incorrectly. The letter was wrongly addressed.
2. unjustly. I have been wrongly treated.
ˈwrongdoer noun
a person who does wrong or illegal things. The wrongdoers must be punished.
ˈwrongdoing noun
do (someone) wrong
to insult (someone), treat (someone) unfairly etc.
do wrong
to act incorrectly or unjustly. You did wrong to punish him.
go wrong
1. to go astray, badly, away from the intended plan etc. Everything has gone wrong for her in the past few years.
2. to stop functioning properly. The machine has gone wrong – I can't get it to stop!
3. to make a mistake. Where did I go wrong in that sum?
in the wrong
guilty of an error or injustice. She is completely blameless. You're the one who's in the wrong!
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References in classic literature ?
Must he go wrong all through wi' this side, or must he go wrong all through wi' that, or else be hunted like a hare?'
It was Pantocyclus -- the illustrious Circle mentioned above, as the queller of the Colour Revolt -- who first convinced mankind that Configuration makes the man; that if, for example, you are born an Isosceles with two uneven sides, you will assuredly go wrong unless you have them made even -- for which purpose you must go to the Isosceles Hospital; similarly, if you are a Triangle, or Square, or even a Polygon, born with any Irregularity, you must be taken to one of the Regular Hospitals to have your disease cured; otherwise you will end your days in the State Prison or by the angle of the State Executioner.
But presently something seemed to go wrong with the pirates; they stopped laughing and cracking jokes; they looked puzzled; something was making them uneasy.
For some years the poor man lived on alone with the children, caring for them as best he could; but everything in the house seemed to go wrong without a woman to look after it, and at last he made up his mind to marry again, feeling that a wife would bring peace and order to his household and take care of his motherless children.
"With so good a memory," said the duke, "Sancho cannot go wrong in anything."
When things go wrong at ten o'clock in the morning we--or rather you--swear and knock the furniture about; but if the misfortune comes at ten P.M., we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.
"And if a little more should be needed, we must not let him go wrong for the want of a thousand or two.
"My thoughts are us-u-al-ly cor-rect, but it is Smith & Tin-ker's fault if they some-times go wrong or do not work prop-er-ly."
Golf can be such a cruel game when it goes wrong - and boy did it go wrong. Hitting a spectator in a devastating quadruple bogey at the first on Thursday certainly sucked the air out of Royal Portrush.
ANOTHER MUST SEE ...WHEN CRUISES GO WRONG (Channel 4, 9pm) Traditionally, cruising was something that wealthy, retired people did.
Odds are extremely high nothing will go wrong, so why not self-insure, even if unknowingly, if hardly anything ever goes wrong?
The play introduces The 'Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society' who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.