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[rawng-fuh l, rong-] /ˈrɔŋ fəl, ˈrɒŋ-/
unjust or unfair:
a wrongful act; a wrongful charge.
having no legal right; unlawful:
The court ruled it was a wrongful diversion of trust income.
Origin of wrongful
1275-1325; Middle English; see wrong, -ful
Related forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
unwrongful, adjective
unwrongfully, adverb
unwrongfulness, noun
Can be confused
wrong, wrongful. Unabridged
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  • You are deserving of the same punishment as those who were wrongfully beaten.

  • Why, ma'am, you know I told you you were accusing me wrongfully.

    Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • There is ground to hope that Raleigh has been wrongfully charged with the actual perpetration of that black deed.

    Munster Stephen Lucius Gwynn
  • She suspected me, but wrongfully, of being her rival in secret.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • He was a brother of John, and said that he also had been wrongfully enslaved by David Houston, alluded to above.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
British Dictionary definitions for wrongfully


immoral, unjust, or illegal
Derived Forms
wrongfully, adverb
wrongfulness, noun
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