wrong-headed


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wrong-head·ed

(rông′hĕd′ĭd, rŏng′-)
adj.
Mistaken or misguided, often stubbornly so: a wrong-headed approach to the problem; a well-meaning but wrong-headed reformer.

wrong′-head′ed·ly adv.
wrong′-head′ed·ness n.
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wrong-headed

adj
1. constantly wrong in judgment
2. foolishly stubborn; obstinate
ˌwrong-ˈheadedly adv
ˌwrong-ˈheadedness n
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wrong-headed

adjective
1. mistaken, wrong, false, incorrect, faulty, misguided, erroneous, off target, unsound, in error, fallacious I realise now that my thinking was wrong-headed and immature.
2. obstinate, dogged, contrary, stubborn, perverse, inflexible, wilful, intransigent, obdurate, self-willed, refractory, pig-headed, bull-headed, mulish, cross-grained, froward (archaic) The Government persists in its blind, wrong-headed approach to prisons and crime.
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Translations

wrong-headed

[ˈrɒŋˈhedɪd] ADJ [ideas, opinions, policies] → desatinado, desacertado; [person] → obcecado
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wrong-headed

adjquerköpfig, verbohrt (→ about sth in etw acc or dat)
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wrong-headed

[ˌrɒŋˈhɛdɪd] adj (stubborn) → ostinato/a; (mistaken) → sbagliato/a
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References in classic literature ?
Wildernesses of corner houses, with barbarous old porticoes and appurtenances; horrors that came into existence under some wrong-headed person in some wrong-headed time, still demanding the blind admiration of all ensuing generations and determined to do so until they tumbled down; frowned upon the twilight.
A fleet of barges were coming lazily on, some sideways, some head first, some stern first; all in a wrong-headed, dogged, obstinate way, bumping up against the larger craft, running under the bows of steamboats, getting into every kind of nook and corner where they had no business, and being crunched on all sides like so many walnut-shells; while each with its pair of long sweeps struggling and splashing in the water looked like some lumbering fish in pain.
There was something a little unseemly in thus opposing the tradition of her family; something that made her feel wrong-headed, and thus more than ever disposed to shut her desires away from view and cherish them with extraordinary fondness.
Poor, wayward-hearted Collins leaned his head upon their crazy tables; priggish Benjamin Franklin; Savage, the wrong-headed, much troubled when he could afford any softer bed than a doorstep; young Bloomfield, "Bobby" Burns, Hogarth, Watts the engineer--the roll is endless.
Fagin did not seek to conceal his share in the catastrophe, but lamented with tears in his eyes that the wrong-headed and treacherous behaviour of the young person in question, had rendered it necessary that he should become the victim of certain evidence for the crown: which, if it were not precisely true, was indispensably necessary for the safety of him (Mr.
My only companions had been unamiable children, and ignorant, wrong-headed girls; from whose fatiguing folly, unbroken solitude was often a relief most earnestly desired and dearly prized.
And as she had a practical mind her judgment of men and things, though based on special prejudices, was seldom totally wrong, and almost never wrong-headed. Her drawing-room was probably the only place in the wide world where an Assistant Commissioner of Police could meet a convict liberated on a ticket-of-leave on other than professional and official ground.
"You are good and clever," she said to me towards the finish, "and my one regret is that you are also so wrong-headed. You will NEVER be a rich man!"
"She struck me at first sight as the most inconsiderate wrong-headed girl that I ever .
There's no reason she should die or live miserably because you are wrong-headed. To my thinking, she's just as much married as if the banns had been read in all the churches in London.
His father, "a well-meaning, ill-doing, wrong-headed man," was of a good family, and heir to a baronetcy.
You only want to have your heads set straight, to take the right side; so bear in mind that majorities, especially respectable ones, are nine times out of ten in the wrong; and that if you see a man or boy striving earnestly on the weak side, however wrong-headed or blundering he may be, you are not to go and join the cry against him.