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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Private \Pri"vate\ (?; 48), a. [L. privatus apart from the
   state, peculiar to an individual, private, properly p. p. of
   privare to bereave, deprive, originally, to separate, fr.
   privus single, private, perhaps originally, put forward
   (hence, alone, single) and akin to prae before. See Prior,
   a., and cf. Deprive, Privy, a.]
   1. Belonging to, or concerning, an individual person,
      company, or interest; peculiar to one's self; unconnected
      with others; personal; one's own; not public; not general;
      separate; as, a man's private opinion; private property; a
      private purse; private expenses or interests; a private
      secretary.
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   2. Sequestered from company or observation; appropriated to
      an individual; secret; secluded; lonely; solitary; as, a
      private room or apartment; private prayer.
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            Reason . . . then retires
            Into her private cell when nature rests. --Milton.
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   3. Not invested with, or engaged in, public office or
      employment; as, a private citizen; private life. --Shak.
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            A private person may arrest a felon.  --Blackstone.
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   4. Not publicly known; not open; secret; as, a private
      negotiation; a private understanding.
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   5. Having secret or private knowledge; privy. [Obs.]
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   Private act or Private statute, a statute exclusively for
      the settlement of private and personal interests, of which
      courts do not take judicial notice; -- opposed to a
      general law, which operates on the whole community. In
      the United States Congress, similar private acts are
      referred to as private law and a general law as a
      public law.

   Private nuisance or wrong. See Nuisance.

   Private soldier. See Private, n., 5.

   Private way, a right of private passage over another man's
      ground; also, a road on private land, contrasted with
      public road, which is on a public right of way. --Kent.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrong \Wrong\ (?; 115), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wronged; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Wronging.]
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   1. To treat with injustice; to deprive of some right, or to
      withhold some act of justice from; to do undeserved harm
      to; to deal unjustly with; to injure.
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            He that sinneth . . . wrongeth his own soul. --Prov.
                                                  viii. 36.
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   2. To impute evil to unjustly; as, if you suppose me capable
      of a base act, you wrong me.
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            I rather choose
            To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
            Than I will wrong such honorable men. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrong \Wrong\, adv.
   In a wrong manner; not rightly; amiss; morally ill;
   erroneously; wrongly.
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         Ten censure wrong for one that writes amiss. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrong \Wrong\, obs.
   imp. of Wring. Wrung. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrong \Wrong\ (?; 115), a. [OE. wrong, wrang, a. & n., AS.
   wrang, n.; originally, awry, wrung, fr. wringan to wring;
   akin to D. wrang bitter, Dan. vrang wrong, Sw. vr[*a]ng,
   Icel. rangr awry, wrong. See Wring.]
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   1. Twisted; wry; as, a wrong nose. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Lev. xxi.
      19).
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   2. Not according to the laws of good morals, whether divine
      or human; not suitable to the highest and best end; not
      morally right; deviating from rectitude or duty; not just
      or equitable; not true; not legal; as, a wrong practice;
      wrong ideas; wrong inclinations and desires.
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   3. Not fit or suitable to an end or object; not appropriate
      for an intended use; not according to rule; unsuitable;
      improper; incorrect; as, to hold a book with the wrong end
      uppermost; to take the wrong way.
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            I have deceived you both; I have directed you to
            wrong places.                         --Shak.
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   4. Not according to truth; not conforming to fact or intent;
      not right; mistaken; erroneous; as, a wrong statement.
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   5. Designed to be worn or placed inward; as, the wrong side
      of a garment or of a piece of cloth.
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   Syn: Injurious; unjust; faulty; detrimental; incorrect;
        erroneous; unfit; unsuitable.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wrong \Wrong\, n. [AS. wrang. See Wrong, a.]
   That which is not right. Specifically:
   (a) Nonconformity or disobedience to lawful authority, divine
       or human; deviation from duty; -- the opposite of moral
       right.
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             When I had wrong and she the right.  --Chaucer.
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             One spake much of right and wrong.   --Milton.
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   (b) Deviation or departure from truth or fact; state of
       falsity; error; as, to be in the wrong.
   (c) Whatever deviates from moral rectitude; usually, an act
       that involves evil consequences, as one which inflicts
       injury on a person; any injury done to, or received from;
       another; a trespass; a violation of right.
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             Friend, I do thee no wrong.          --Matt. xx.
                                                  18.
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             As the king of England can do no wrong, so neither
             can he do right but in his courts and by his
             courts.                              --Milton.
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             The obligation to redress a wrong is at least as
             binding as that of paying a debt.    --E. Evereth.
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   Note: Wrongs, legally, are private or public. Private wrongs
         are civil injuries, immediately affecting individuals;
         public wrongs are crimes and misdemeanors which affect
         the community. --Blackstone.
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