Wrong. A violation of the legal rights of another; an invasion of right to the damage
of the parties who suffer it, especially a tort. State ex rel.
and to Use of Donelon v. Deuser, 345 Mo. 628, 134 S.W.2d 132, 133.
It usually signifies injury to person, property or relative noncontractual
rights of another than wrongdoer, with or without force, but, in more extended sense, includes
violation of contract. Daurizio v. Merchants' Despatch Transp.
Co., 152 Misc. 716, 274 N.Y.S. 174. See Tort.
idea of rights naturally suggests the correlative one of wrongs;
for every right is capable of being violated.
A right to receive payment for goods sold (for example) implies a wrong
on the part of him who owes but withholds the price; a right to live
in personal security, a wrong on the part of him who commits personal
violence. And therefore, while, in a general point of view, the law is intended for the establishment and maintenance
of rights, we find it, on closer examination, to be dealing both
with rights and wrongs. It first fixes
the character and definition of rights, and then, with a view to their
effectual security, proceeds to define wrongs, and to devise the means
by which the latter shall be prevented or redressed.
Private wrong. The violation of public or private rights,
when considered in reference to the injury sustained by the individual, and consequently as subjects
for civil redress or compensation. Huntington v. Attrill, 146
U.S. 657, 13 S.Ct. 224, 36 L.Ed. 1123. See Tort.
Public wrongs. Violations of public rights and duties which
affect the whole community, considered as a community; crimes and misdemeanors.
3 Bl.COmm. 2; 4 Bl.Comm. 1.
Real wrong. In old English law, an injury to the freehold.
[Black's Law Dictionary,
Sixth Edition, p. 1612]