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[mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-, mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-] /ˌmɪs trænsˈleɪt, -trænz-, mɪsˈtræns leɪt, -ˈtrænz-/
verb (used with or without object), mistranslated, mistranslating.
to translate incorrectly.
Origin of mistranslate
First recorded in 1525-35; mis-1 + translate
Related forms
mistranslation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the fact is—this word vow is a mistranslation: the proper word should have been oath.

    Not Paul, But Jesus Jeremy Bentham
  • They say it is a mistranslation; that poisoners are meant, and not witches.

    Bible Studies Joseph M. Wheeler
  • The passage as it appears in our version of the Old Testament is itself a mistranslation.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • This so-called prophecy, like the preceding, is a mistranslation.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • We have noticed only one mistranslation, and that is one which is wholly indefensible.

  • I beg you also to note that there is a mistranslation in our version.

  • It is true the English Bible translates 'Woe to the land,' but this is a mistranslation.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
Word Origin and History for mistranslation

1690s, from mis- (1) + translation.



1530s, from mis- (1) + translate. Related: Mistranslated; mistranslating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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