wrongness


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wrong

 (rông, rŏng)
adj.
1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous: a wrong answer.
2.
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.
adv.
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.
n.
1.
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.
2.
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).
Idioms:
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wrongness - inappropriate conduct
improperness, impropriety - an improper demeanor
2.wrongness - contrary to conscience or morality
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
rightness - according with conscience or morality
3.wrongness - the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
erroneousness, error - inadvertent incorrectness
correctness, rightness - conformity to fact or truth
Translations

wrongness

[ˈrɒŋnɪs] N
1. (= unfairness) → injusticia f
2. (= incorrectness) [of answer] → lo incorrecto
3. (= evil) → maldad f

wrongness

n (= incorrectness)Unrichtigkeit f; (= unfairness)Ungerechtigkeit f; the wrongness of your behaviourdein falsches Benehmen
References in classic literature ?
What was wrong he did not know, yet he sensed the wrongness and watched suspiciously.
Deep down, it seems, Planck knew the wrongness of it all, but his allegiance to the state overwhelmed any impulse he might have had to stand up, speak out or leave.
Earlier in his career, President Obama acknowledged the wrongness of a president using executive orders to make law.
Not distinguishing between rightness and wrongness is where administrations get into trouble.
At the same time, though, the place where Aktepe uttered these words betrays the wrongness of what he is saying.
You will surely recall," she said, "an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Sheldon has an argument about wrongness with Stuart, the manager of the comic book store.
And the size of Brand's bank balance, the palatial nature of his own pad and who he rents it off, doesn't make a shred of difference to the rightness or wrongness of it.
In doing so, they take on the task of identifying the relevant attitudes, distinguishing the non-cognitive attitudes corresponding to judgments of moral wrongness.
But for as long as I can remember I've been implacably opposed to capital punishment, its wrongness one of my few absolute certainties.
It seems you fail to understand the seriousness or the wrongness of what you did.
It's a unique kind of joy, just sitting in a dark car, lost in a world of chicken-y wrongness, lips zinging with the spice as cars whizz past on the rainy A-road beyond the steamed-up windows.
What do the rest of us who played no part in this bizarre sequence of wrongness get?