Synonyms of wrong in English:

wrong


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adjective

1‘there were no right or wrong answers’

SYNONYMS

incorrect, mistaken, in error, erroneous, inaccurate, not accurate, inexact, not exact, imprecise, invalid, untrue, false, fallacious, wide of the mark, off target

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’

SYNONYMS

inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, inapposite, undesirable

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’

SYNONYMS

illegal, against the law, unlawful, illicit, indictable, lawless, lawbreaking, criminal, delinquent, felonious, dishonest, dishonourable, corrupt

unethical, immoral, morally wrong, bad, wicked, base, evil, sinful, foul, despicable, iniquitous, nefarious, blameworthy, condemnable, culpable

informal crooked, shady

British informal bent, not cricket

ANTONYMS

legal, ethical

4‘there is no sign of anything wrong with your heart’

SYNONYMS

amiss, awry, out of order, not right, faulty, defective, unsatisfactory, incorrect, inappropriate

5‘lay the curtain out flat with the wrong side uppermost’

SYNONYMS

reverse, inside, opposite, inverse


adverb

1‘the government might do its sums wrong’

SYNONYMS

incorrectly, wrongly, inaccurately, erroneously, mistakenly

inexactly, imprecisely, falsely


noun

1‘they knew the difference between right and wrong’

SYNONYMS

immorality, badness, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, evil, vice, depravity, vileness, iniquity

unlawfulness, crime, corruption, villainy, dishonesty, injustice, wrongdoing, misconduct, transgression

informal crookedness

ANTONYMS

right, virtue, honour

2‘no one is entitled to profit from his own wrong’

SYNONYMS

misdeed, bad deed, bad act, bad action, offence, injury, crime, unlawful act, illegal act, violation, infringement, infraction, transgression, peccadillo, sin

injustice, unfairness, unjust act, grievance, outrage, atrocity

malfeasance, tort

archaic trespass

rare malefaction


verb

1‘when you have wronged someone admit it and apologize’

SYNONYMS

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


Phrases

    get someone/something wrong

      ‘don't get me wrong, motorways aren't always a bad thing’

      SYNONYMS

      misunderstand, misinterpret, misapprehend, misconstrue, misconceive, mistake, misread, take amiss

      get the wrong idea, receive a false impression, be under a delusion, be at cross purposes

      informal

      be barking up the wrong tree, get the wrong end of the stick

    go wrong

      1‘there's no need to beat yourself up if you go wrong’

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      come to grief, flop, come a cropper, go haywire, bite the dust, go up in smoke

      3‘the new television sets will contain fewer components to go wrong’

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

      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

    in the wrong

      1‘he was ashamed to admit that he was in the wrong’

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

      to blame, blameworthy, at fault, condemnable, censurable, reproachable, reprehensible, responsible, culpable, answerable, guilty

      archaic

      peccant

      ANTONYMS

      blameless