Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Constituting a wrong; unjust; wrongful; improper.
  • adj. Not right; unjust; illegal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Constituting, or of the nature of, a wrong; unjust; wrongful.
  • adj. Not right; illegal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wrongful; unjust; improper.
  • In Scots law, not right; unjust; illegal: as, wrongous imprisonment.

Etymologies

From Middle English wrongous, for earlier wrongwis, wrangwis, from Old English wrongwīs, wrangwīs ("wrongous, rough, uneven"), equivalent to wrong +‎ -wise. Cognate with Swedish vrångvis ("wrong, iniquitous"). See wrong, and compare righteous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She asked, ‘O my lord, why should I do such wrongous deed?’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Therefore what of righteous we compass is from Allah Almighty, and what of wrongous from ourselves135 His creatures, not from the Creator, exalted be He herefor with highmost exaltation! —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I will abstain henceforth from what pleaseth thee not; for the sage saith, ‘Have a care that thou speak not of that whereof thou art not asked; leave that which concerneth thee not for that which concerneth thee, and by no means lavish good counsel on the wrongous, for they will repay it to thee with wrong.’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This is not the fast which I have chosen, saith the Lord; but loose every unrighteous bond, dissolve the terms of wrongous covenants, let the oppressed go free, and avoid every iniquitous contract.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • Such petitions either simply dispute the accuracy of the return on the ground of miscounting, or wrongous rejection or wrongous admission of papers, in which case the court examines the counted and rejected papers; or make allegations of corruption, &c. on which it may be necessary to refer to the marked counterfoils and ascertain how bribed voters have voted.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"

  • David Ferguson (a preacher, later minister of Dunfermline), and others unnamed to appear at Edinburgh on July 28, to answer for “wrongous using and wresting of the Scriptures, disputing upon erroneous opinions, and eating flesh in Lent,” and at other times forbidden by Acts of Parliament (M'Crie, 359, note G).

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • It's clean in the two eyes of the Act of Parliament of 1700, anent wrongous imprisonment.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • It's my opinion that the creature Dougal will have a good action of wrongous imprisonment and damages agane him, under the Act seventeen hundred and one, and I'll see the creature righted. ''

    Rob Roy

  • In 1701 was passed an Act for preventing wrongous imprisonment and against undue delay in trials.

    A Short History of Scotland

  • Act of Parliament of 1700, anent wrongous imprisonment.

    Catriona

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