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.
It is reasonable to think that my theory may be used for explaining and systematizing judgments concerning degrees of wrongness. My judgements concerning the matrixes one and two may, for example, be partly explained by the theory.
There is, we may think, something wrong with the free will/determinism binary here, but it has proved hard to say just where the wrongness lies, and Milton's commitment to this vocabulary makes it hard for his critics not to use it.
Norman begins with the nature of moral thinking; proceeds circumspectly through discussions of the wrongness of killing, killing and letting die, killing in self-defense, and the killing of the innocent; and concludes by giving concrete meaning to the notion - going back at least as far as Augustine - that there is sometimes a necessity about our recourse to war that morally speaking gives us no choice but to fight.
So much love recalled with precise wrongness. In the end everything had been seen to: safety pins galore.
But the notion that we ought to measure the rightness or wrongness of our own actions against the standard of the health and well-being of all living things in general, or against the standard of the "health" of the planet in general, is just plain silly.
As a social rather than a literary observer, Mencken believed from the start "that the distinguishing mark of the normal Americano was his essentially moral view of the world, his tendency to color all values with concepts of rightness and wrongness, his inability to throw off the Puritan obsession with sin." He would hardly be surprised to know that, nearly 40 years after his death, the mark still distinguishes.
Utilitarianism is a system of ethics wherein "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong." This ethical system contends that the rightness or wrongness of an action must be judged by its consequences.
The opening is truly nightmarish, not only in its perfectly executed child's bedroom horror but in a deep feeling of uncanny wrongness that is something like the hideous, vivid incoherence of the worst dreams.
There's the plain wrongness of discarded and dried-out Play-Doh (that bland brown it goes, gah), the entirely black masterpieces, and the half-done peg fairies that drive me to boiling point.
While he may have apologized for the part of his remarks where he compared people who engage in same-sex sexual activity as worse than animals, he has stood firm on the issue of the wrongness of homosexual practice and same-sex marriage.
Embrace the wrongness. Own your mistakes, embrace them.