Origin of mistaken
verb (used with object), mis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing.
verb (used without object), mis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing.
Origin of mistake
Examples from the Web for mistaken
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.
Jackson volunteered this information to detectives, just before the trial, in the mistaken belief that it would help Wise.
Mapei is soft-spoken, but that should not be mistaken for modesty.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen|Caitlin Dickson|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“If you looked into his background for 30 seconds,” says Bogucki, you would have seen this was a case of mistaken identity.A Navy Lawyer Cries Foul on Gitmo’s Kafkaesque Legal System|Eleanor Clift|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the child turned around and wondered why he had been hit, it turned out that Bodenheimer had mistaken him for another child.This 'Holy Guy'—and Grandfather of 100—Is Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student|Batya Ungar-Sargon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My anxieties, too, were increased by the mistaken kindness of my companions, who would persist in riding beside me and conversing.
Was she mistaken that they were full of a wordless apology, she wondered, even as she greeted the two cordially.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
These laws, though founded on mistaken principles, undoubtedly restored the national silk trade for a while.The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume III (of 3)|Leonard Williams
At least half of the disappointments and failures of marriage arose from the mistaken training of good women.The Secret Life |Elizabeth Bisland
The truth is, that Moses was mistaken, and upon that mistake the christians located their heaven and their hell.Mistakes of Moses|Robert G. Ingersoll
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
Word Origin for mistake
c.1600, "under misapprehension," past participle adjective from mistake (v.). Related: Mistakenly. Mistaken identity attested from 1865.
early 14c., "to commit an offense;" late 14c., "to misunderstand, misinterpret," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mistaka "take in error, miscarry"), from mis- "wrongly" (see mis- (1)) + taka "take" (see take (v.)). Related: Mistook; mistaking.
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.
In addition to the idiom beginning with mistake
- mistake for
- by mistake
- make no mistake