[mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-, mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-]

verb (used with or without object), mis·trans·lat·ed, mis·trans·lat·ing.

to translate incorrectly.

Origin of mistranslate

First recorded in 1525–35; mis-1 + translate
Related formsmis·trans·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for mistranslation

Contemporary Examples of mistranslation

Historical Examples of mistranslation

  • 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

  • This so-called prophecy, like the preceding, is a mistranslation.

    The Christ

    John Eleazer Remsburg

  • The passage as it appears in our version of the Old Testament is itself a mistranslation.

    The Christ

    John Eleazer Remsburg

  • We have noticed only one mistranslation, and that is one which is wholly indefensible.

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