opposite of right

Wrongs or being wrong is a concept in law, ethics, epistemology, and science. In a colloquial sense, wrongness usually refers to a state of incorrectness, inaccuracy, error, or miscalculation in any number of contexts. More specifically, being "wrong" refers to a situation wherein an individual has made an error or misjudgment. In law, a wrong can be a legal injury, which is any damage resulting from a violation of a legal right. It can also imply the state of being contrary to the principles of justice or law. It means that something is contrary to conscience or morality and results in treating others unjustly.


  • If you're gonna work for me, you have to be willing to be wrong, willing to lose. 'Cause you just did. You're fired.
  • Brother, brother; we are both in the wrong.
    • John Gay, The Beggar's Opera (1728), Act II, scene 2.
  • Marie: Something funny might be nice. But not something necessarily big, hahaha, laugh out loud funny, and certainly not-make-fun-of-other-people funny, but certainly something human funny. And uh, if it could um, sneak up on you, surprise you, and at the same time make you think that what you thought was only right in a wrong kind of way, and when you're wrong, there's a certain rightness to your wrongness.
  • Suffer not thy wrongs to shroud thy fate,
    But turn, my soul, to blessings which remain.
    • Anna Seward, "Sonnet XII" (1773), in Poetical Works, ed. Walter Scott, Vol. III (Edinburgh: John Ballantyne and Co., 1810), p. 133.
  • Wrongs unredressed, or insults unavenged.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 921.
  • In the great right of an excessive wrong.
  • Alas! how easily things go wrong!
    A sigh too deep, or a kiss too long,
    And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,
    And life is never the same again.
  • A man finds he has been wrong at every preceding stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.
  • Once I guessed right,
    And I got credit by't;
    Thrice I guessed wrong,
    And I kept my credit on.
    • Saying quoted by Swift (1710).
  • Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.
    • The remedy for wrongs is to forget them.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Higher than the perfect song
    For which love longeth,
    Is the tender fear of wrong,
    That never wrongeth.
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