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amiss

[uh-mis] /əˈmɪs/
adverb
1.
out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray:
Did I speak amiss?
adjective, (usually used predicatively)
2.
improper; wrong; faulty:
I think something is amiss in your calculations.
Idioms
3.
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.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English amis, equivalent to a- a-1 + mis wrong. See miss1
Synonyms
1. inappropriately, unsuitably. 2. mistaken, erroneous; awry, askew.
Antonyms
1. rightly, properly. 2. correct, true.
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amiss

/əˈmɪs/
adverb
1.
in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
2.
take something amiss, to be annoyed or offended by something
adjective
3.
(postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
Word Origin
C13 a mis, from mis wrong; see miss1
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Word Origin and History for more amiss
amiss
mid-13c., amis "off the mark," also "out of order," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). To take (something) amiss was originally (late 14c.) "to miss the meaning of" (see mistake). Now it means "to misinterpret in a bad sense."
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Idioms and Phrases with more amiss
see under take the wrong way
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