From Middle English wrongly, wrongliche, equivalent to wrong + -ly.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹɒŋ.li/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɔŋ.li/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /ˈɹɑŋ.li/
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wrongly (comparative more wrongly, superlative most wrongly)
- In violation of a moral or other standard, code, or convention; in an unfair, unjust, dishonest, or immoral manner; unfairly, unjustly, dishonestly, immorally, wrongfully; wrongly convicted is synonymous with wrongful conviction and miscarriage of justice.
- Incorrectly, mistakenly; by error.
- I wrongly assumed that it would be an easy job.
In American English, this word usually has a moral connotation, although it is not wrong to use "wrongly" as the opposite of "correctly".
In an unfair or immoral manner; unjustly
incorrectly; by error