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mistaken

[mi-stey-kuh n] /mɪˈsteɪ kən/
adjective
1.
wrongly conceived, held, or done:
a mistaken antagonism.
2.
erroneous; incorrect; wrong:
a mistaken answer.
3.
having made a mistake; being in error.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; past participle of mistake; see -en3
Related forms
mistakenly, adverb
mistakenness, noun
unmistaken, adjective
Synonyms
1. inaccurate, misconceived.

mistake

[mi-steyk] /mɪˈsteɪk/
noun
1.
an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
2.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
verb (used with object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
3.
to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else:
I mistook him for the mayor.
4.
to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
verb (used without object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
5.
to be in error.
Idioms
6.
and no mistake, for certain; surely:
He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
Origin
1300-30; Middle English mistaken (v.) < Old Norse mistaka to take in error. See mis-1, take
Related forms
mistaker, noun
mistakingly, adverb
unmistaking, adjective
unmistakingly, adverb
Can be confused
misnomer, mistake (see confusables note at misnomer)
Synonyms
1. inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. Mistake, blunder, error, slip refer to deviations from right, accuracy, correctness, or truth. A mistake, grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle: It was a mistake to argue. A blunder is a careless, stupid, or gross mistake in action or speech, suggesting awkwardness, heedlessness, or ignorance: Through his blunder the message was lost. An error (often interchanged with mistake ) is an unintentional wandering or deviation from accuracy, or right conduct: an error in addition. A slip is usually a minor mistake made through haste or carelessness: a slip of the tongue. 4. misconceive, misjudge, err.
Antonyms
2. understanding.
Confusables note
See misnomer.
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Examples from the web for mistaken
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  • And it means that some students have a mistaken sense of confidence in the depth of their learning.
  • First, he is well and truly guilty, so there is no question of a mistaken conviction.
  • But in one respect the critics were mistaken from the start: they included deconstruction among the prime targets.
British Dictionary definitions for mistaken

mistaken

/mɪˈsteɪkən/
adjective
1.
(usually predicative) wrong in opinion, judgment, etc: she is mistaken
2.
arising from error in judgment, opinion, etc: a mistaken viewpoint
Derived Forms
mistakenly, adverb
mistakenness, noun

mistake

/mɪˈsteɪk/
noun
1.
an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
2.
a misconception or misunderstanding
verb -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
3.
(transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
4.
(transitive) foll by for. to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
5.
(transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
6.
(intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
Derived Forms
mistaker, noun
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
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Word Origin and History for mistaken
adj.

c.1600, "under misapprehension," past participle adjective from mistake (v.). Related: Mistakenly. Mistaken identity attested from 1865.

mistake

v.

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.

n.

1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.

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Idioms and Phrases with mistaken

mistake

In addition to the idiom beginning with
mistake
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