wrongful [rawng-fuh l, rong-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. unjust or unfair: a wrongful act; a wrongful charge.
  2. having no legal right; unlawful: The court ruled it was a wrongful diversion of trust income.

Origin of wrongful Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at wrong, -ful Related formswrong·ful·ly, adverbwrong·ful·ness, nounun·wrong·ful, adjectiveun·wrong·ful·ly, adverbun·wrong·ful·ness, nounCan be confusedwrong wrongful Examples from the Web for wrongfulness Historical Examples of wrongfulness

  • You know that my opinions run with yours as to the folly of the king, and the wrongfulness and unwisdom of his policy.

    Friends, though divided

    G. A. Henty

  • He did not gloss over to himself the wrongfulness of his behaviour, or the seriousness of the situation.

    Paul the Courageous

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • Hence doth heav’nly justice Temper so evenly affection in us, It ne’er can warp to any wrongfulness.

    The Vision of Paradise, Complete

    Dante Alighieri

  • No idea of wrongfulness in aiding the plot ever occurred either to Bertram or Maude.

    The White Rose of Langley

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • If the reckless Conde thinketh to do these acts of wrongfulness with impunity, let him look to it!

    Mercedes of Castile

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • British Dictionary definitions for wrongfulness wrongful adjective

    1. immoral, unjust, or illegal

    Derived Formswrongfully, adverbwrongfulness, noun

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