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Synonyms of wrong in English:


  • 1 there were no right or wrong answers in my opinion the judge was wrong
    misleading, illogical, unsound, unfounded, without foundation, faulty, flawed
    informal off beam, bogus, phoney, out, way out, full of holes, dicey, iffy
    British informal dodgy
    archaic abroad
    [Antonyms] right, correct, spot on
  • 2 he knew at once that he had said the wrong thing
    ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-judged, impolitic, injudicious, infelicitous, unacceptable, beyond the pale, unwarranted, unfitting, out of keeping, improper, unseemly, unbecoming, indecorous, lacking in propriety
    informal out of order
    [Antonyms] appropriate
  • 3 driving while drunk is wrong
    illegal, against the law, unlawful, illicit, indictable, lawless, lawbreaking, criminal, delinquent, felonious, dishonest, dishonourable, corrupt;
    informal crooked, shady
    British informal bent, not cricket
    [Antonyms] legal, ethical
  • 4 there is no sign of anything wrong with your heart
    amiss, awry, out of order, not right, faulty, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, inappropriate
  • 5 lay the curtain out flat with the wrong side uppermost
    reverse, inside, opposite, inverse
  • adverb

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  • Phrases

    get someone/something wrong
    don't get me wrong, motorways aren't always a bad thing
    get the wrong idea, receive a false impression, be under a delusion, be at cross purposes
    go wrong
  • 1 there's no need to beat yourself up if you go wrong
    make a mistake, make an error, err, make a blunder, blunder, go astray, miscalculate, be incorrect, be wide of the mark, trip up
    informal slip up, screw up, make a boo-boo, make a bloomer
    British informal boob, drop a clanger
  • 2 their plans to poison him went wrong
    go awry, go amiss, go adrift, go off course, fail, not succeed, be unsuccessful, go badly, be ruined, fall through, fall flat, fall apart, come apart at the seams, break down, come to nothing, flounder, collapse, meet with disaster, backfire, rebound, boomerang, misfire, miscarry, abort
  • 3 the new television sets will contain fewer components to go wrong
    break down, malfunction, fail, stop working, stop functioning, cease to function, crash, give out, go out of control, develop a fault, act up, be defective
    informal be on the blink, conk out, go kaput, go phut, go haywire, bite the dust, have had it
    British informal play up, pack up
  • 4 young people who go wrong
    go astray, err, do wrong, commit a crime, commit a sin, fall into a life of crime, get into bad ways, stray from the straight and narrow, fall from grace
    informal go to the dogs
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  • 1 they knew the difference between right and wrong
    [Antonyms] right, virtue, honour
  • 2 no one is entitled to profit from his own wrong the fellow had really done him a wrong
    misdeed, bad deed, bad act/action, offence, injury, crime, unlawful act, illegal act, violation, infringement, infraction, transgression, peccadillo, sin;
    injustice, unfairness, unjust act, grievance, outrage, atrocity;
    archaic trespass
  • Phrases

    in the wrong
  • 1 he was ashamed to admit that he was in the wrong
    mistaken, in error, erring, errant, off course, off target, wide of the mark
    informal off beam
    [Antonyms] right
  • 2 the law considers you to be in the wrong
    [Antonyms] blameless
  • verb

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  • when you have wronged someone admit it and apologize
    malign, misrepresent, do a disservice to, do an injustice to, dishonour, impugn, vilify, defame, slander, libel, denigrate, insult;
    mistreat, do wrong to, abuse, maltreat, ill-treat, ill-use, harm, hurt, injure, do injury to, offend against, oppress
    informal bad mouth, kick in the teeth, do the dirty on
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