The Ethics of Hercules: A Study of Man's Body as the Sole Determinant of Ethical Values

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CHAPTER VI
THE MEANING OF THE WORD "WRONG"

"The human mind is capable of having very many perceptions, and the more capable, the greater the number of ways in which its body can be disposed." SPINOZA, "Ethics," Part II, Prop. 14.

Lexicographers are wont to state that "wrong" is the opposite of "right" in all of its principle senses, but as can be seen at a glance from the appended array,1 this statement cannot be taken to

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As follows:

1. Crooked, twisted, or wry. (Obsolete)
2. Disordered, not properly adjusted, as in the expression: "I've heerd my aunt say as she found out summat was wrong wi' Nancy as soon as the milk turned bingy."
3. Incorrect, or uncorrected; that is, not according to requirement, intention, purpose, or desire, as wrong ideas, wrong courses, the among font of type, etc.
4. Esthetically undesirable or unsuitable, as,-- "You have put the wrong side of the cloth outermost."
5. Erroneous or mistaken belief or assertion.
6. "In the wrong box" (slang), in an awkward situation, mistaken.
7. Perverse, wilfully mistaken or erroneous. (Cf. "evil.")
8. Unjust action; violation of obligation or propriety; a tort.
9. Harm or "evil" inflicted; damage or detriment suffered; an injury, mischief, or hurt; pain imparted or received.
10. To be "in the wrong"; to be mistaken, to act or think incorrectly or unjustly.
11. "To have wrong"; to be mistaken; to act erroneously or unjustly.

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