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amiss

[uh-mis]
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adverb
  1. out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?
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adjective (usually used predicatively)
  1. improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
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Idioms
  1. take amiss, to be offended at or resentful of (something not meant to cause offense or resentment); misunderstand: I couldn't think of a way to present my view so that no one would take it amiss.
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Origin of amiss

1200–50; Middle English amis, equivalent to a- a-1 + mis wrong. See miss1

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Related Words

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British Dictionary definitions for take amiss

amiss

adverb
  1. in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
  2. take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
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adjective
  1. (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
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Word Origin

C13 a mis, from mis wrong; see miss 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for take amiss

amiss

adv.

mid-13c., amis "off the mark," also "out of order," literally "on the miss," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). To take (something) amiss originally (late 14c.) was "to miss the meaning of" (see mistake). Now it means "to misinterpret in a bad sense."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with take amiss

take amiss

see take the wrong way.

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amiss

see under take the wrong way.

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