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[mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-, mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-]
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verb (used with or without object), mis·trans·lat·ed, mis·trans·lat·ing.
  1. to translate incorrectly.
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Origin of mistranslate

First recorded in 1525–35; mis-1 + translate
Related formsmis·trans·la·tion, noun
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  • Are they not given to those who misunderstand Plato and who mistranslate Aristotle?

    A Critic in Pall Mall

    Oscar Wilde

Word Origin and History for mistranslate


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

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