misstep

[mis-step]
noun
1.
a wrong step.
2.
an error or slip in conduct; faux pas.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English missteppen. See mis-1, step


2. fault, transgression, lapse, indiscretion.
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misstep (ˌmɪsˈstɛp)
 
n
1.  a false step
2.  an error

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misstep
also mis-step, late 14c.; see mis- (1) + step (v.). The noun in the figurative sense of "faux pas" is first recorded c.1800; literal sense is from 1837.
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Example sentences
But certain fundamental aspects of humor help explain why a misstep may elicit
  laughter.
There is peat bog, or muskeg, dangerous if you take a misstep and fall into a
  muskeg hole.
Asking graduate students to sign a letter was yet another misstep.
One misstep wipes out years of patient and productive participation.
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