wrong

Use the adjective wrong to talk about something that is factually incorrect. You thought your paper was due a week from Friday, but you were wrong. It's due tomorrow. Better start typing!

You can use the word wrong to describe something that deviates from your moral principles. You might believe that the death penalty is just wrong, but not everyone agrees with you. The adjective wrong can also describe something that is inappropriate for a certain purpose. It's frustrating to get all the way home from the store before you realize you grabbed the wrong kind of milk — buttermilk instead of two percent.

Definitions of wrong
  1. adjective
    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
    “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: incorrect
    inaccurate
    not exact
    erroneous
    containing or characterized by error
    fallacious
    based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information
    false, mistaken
    arising from error
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
    false
    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
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    Antonyms:
    correct, right
    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
    accurate
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
    accurate, exact, precise
    (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
    letter-perfect, word-perfect
    correct to the last detail; especially being in or following the exact words
    straight
    following a correct or logical method
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
    true
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
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  2. adjective
    characterized by errors; not agreeing with a model or not following established rules
    “the wrong side of the road”
    synonyms: faulty, incorrect
    inaccurate
    not exact
  3. adverb
    in an inaccurate manner
    “she guessed wrong
    synonyms: incorrectly, wrongly
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    Antonyms:
    aright, correctly, right
    in an accurate manner
  4. adjective
    not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
    “said all the wrong things”
    synonyms: improper
    inappropriate
    not suitable for a particular occasion etc
  5. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    unethical
    not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
    unjust
    violating principles of justice
    immoral
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
    condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, vicious
    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
    base, immoral
    not adhering to ethical or moral principles
    misguided, mistaken
    wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment
    wicked
    morally bad in principle or practice
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    Antonyms:
    right
    in conformance with justice or law or morality
    ethical
    conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior
    good
    morally admirable
    just
    used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting
    proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
    ethical, honorable, honourable
    adhering to ethical and moral principles
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  6. adjective
    based on or acting or judging in error
    “it is wrong to think that way”
    Synonyms:
    wrongheaded
    obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion
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    Antonyms:
    correct, right
    correct in opinion or judgment
    right-minded
    disposed toward or having views based on what is right
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  7. adjective
    badly timed
    “it was the wrong moment for a joke”
    synonyms: ill-timed, unseasonable, untimely
    inopportune
    not opportune
  8. verb
    treat unjustly; do wrong to
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    Antonyms:
    compensate, correct, redress, right
    make reparations or amends for
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    aggrieve
    infringe on the rights of
    sandbag
    treat harshly or unfairly
    victimise, victimize
    make a victim of
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
    cozen, deceive, delude, lead on
    be false to; be dishonest with
    type of:
    do by, handle, treat
    interact in a certain way
  9. noun
    that which is contrary to the principles of justice or law
    “he feels that you are in the wrong
    synonyms: wrongfulness
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    Antonyms:
    right, rightfulness
    anything in accord with principles of justice
    type of:
    injustice, unjustness
    the practice of being unjust or unfair
  10. noun
    any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right
    synonyms: damage, legal injury
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    type of:
    injury
    wrongdoing that violates another's rights and is unjustly inflicted
  11. adjective
    not in accord with established usage or procedure
    “the wrong medicine”
    “the wrong way to shuck clams”
    synonyms: incorrect
    improper
    not suitable or right or appropriate
  12. adjective
    not functioning properly
    “something is wrong with the engine”
    synonyms: amiss, awry, haywire
    malfunctioning, nonfunctional
    not performing or able to perform its regular function
  13. adjective
    used of the side of cloth or clothing intended to face inward
    “socks worn wrong side out”
    Synonyms:
    inside
    relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space
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