great, terrible
civil, criminal

There are various kinds of civil wrongs, or torts.

commit, do (sb), inflict

If they do wrong, they have to be punished.

You are answerable in court for wrongs done to individuals.

the wrongs inflicted on innocent people

According to her, her son could do no wrong.

He admitted he had done her wrong and asked for forgiveness.

compensate (sb) for, correct (esp. AmE), put right (esp. BrE), redress, right, undo

How can we right these wrongs?


It's the job of the newspapers to expose the wrongs suffered by such people.

forgive (sb for)

The two communities must learn to forgive past wrongs.

acknowledge, apologize for, recognize
see no

I see no wrong in asking him to share the expenses.

in the wrong

Although he knew he was in the wrong, he wouldn't apologize.

the difference between right and wrong

Children have to learn the difference between right and wrong.

the rights and wrongs (of sth)

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, there's not a lot we can do.

be, seem

Things seemed to be going horribly wrong.

get sth

He got all his calculations wrong.

find sth

The doctor could find nothing wrong with him.

get sb

Don't get me wrong (= don't misunderstand me)—I'm not asking for special treatment.

prove sb

She was able to prove him wrong.

all, badly, disastrously, drastically, dreadfully, hopelessly, horribly, seriously, spectacularly, terribly, tragically, very

You've got it all wrong. I never meant to imply that you were responsible.

absolutely, completely, dead, downright, entirely, fundamentally, plain (informal), quite, totally, utterly

The authors are just plain wrong in their assessments.

just, simply

She's simply wrong for this job.

not far (esp. BrE)

They weren't far wrong with their estimate of 100 000.

not necessarily
clearly, obviously, plainly
ethically, morally

There is nothing physically wrong with him.


You were completely wrong about Maurice. He's not leaving.


She's all wrong for you.


Everything was going wrong in my life.


She was worried that there was something seriously wrong with her.

there's nothing wrong with sth

There's nothing inherently wrong with this type of nostalgia.

you can't go wrong (with sth)

You can't go wrong with spaghetti—everyone likes it.

Wrong is used with these nouns: ↑address, ↑advice, ↑answer, ↑approach, ↑assumption, ↑attitude, ↑calculation, ↑choice, ↑conclusion, ↑decision, ↑diagnosis, ↑direction, ↑idea, ↑impression, ↑interpretation, ↑kind, ↑message, ↑moment, ↑move, ↑note, ↑number, ↑order, ↑person, ↑place, ↑reason, ↑road, ↑side, ↑signal, ↑size, ↑sort, ↑street, ↑tack, ↑thing, ↑time, ↑turn, ↑turning, ↑view, ↑way, ↑word
Wrong is used with these verbs: ↑guess

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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