Synonyms of wrong in English:


See US English definition of wrong

See UK English definition of wrong

See Spanish definition of equivocado


1‘there were no right or wrong answers’

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

right, correct, spot on

2‘he knew at once that he had said the wrong thing’

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


3‘driving while drunk is wrong’

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

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


1‘the government might do its sums wrong’

incorrectly, wrongly, inaccurately, erroneously, mistakenly
inexactly, imprecisely, falsely


1‘they knew the difference between right and wrong’

immorality, badness, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, evil, vice, depravity, vileness, iniquity
unlawfulness, crime, corruption, villainy, dishonesty, injustice, wrongdoing, misconduct, transgression
informal crookedness

right, virtue, honour

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

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
Law malfeasance, tort
archaic trespass
rare malefaction


1‘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
British informal do the dirty on


    get someone wrong

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

    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’

    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
    British informal boob, drop a clanger, make a bloomer

    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
    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’

    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
    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


    2‘the law considers you to be in the wrong’

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