Definition of wrong noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɒŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɔːŋ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] behaviour that is not honest or morally acceptable Children must be taught the difference between right and wrong. Her son can do no wrong in her eyes.
  2. 2[countable] (formal) an act that is not legal, honest or morally acceptable It is time to forgive past wrongs if progress is to be made.
  3. opposite right
    Word Originlate Old English wrang, from Old Norse rangr ‘awry, unjust’; related to wring.Extra examples According to her, her son could do no wrong. Although he knew he was in the wrong, he wouldn’t apologize. Children have to learn the difference between right and wrong. He admitted he had done her wrong and asked for forgiveness. How can we right these wrongs? I see no wrong in asking him to share the expenses. If they do wrong, they have to be punished. It’s the job of the newspapers to expose the wrongs suffered by such people. The two communities must learn to forgive past wrongs. There are various kinds of civil wrongs, or torts. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, there’s not a lot we can do. You are answerable in court for wrongs done to individuals. the wrongs inflicted on innocent people I see no wrong in taking a little time off. to redress/​right/​forgive a wrongIdioms responsible for an accident, a mistake, an argument, etc. The motorcyclist was clearly in the wrong. It took a lot of courage to admit that she was in the wrong. to do something to correct an unfair situation or something bad that you have done This is a time to right wrongs and heal divisions.
    two wrongs don’t make a right
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    (saying) used to say that if somebody does something bad to you, the situation will not be improved by doing something bad to them
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