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out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray: Did I speak amiss?
adjective (usually used predicatively)
improper; wrong; faulty: I think something is amiss in your calculations.
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.

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

1. inappropriately, unsuitably. 2. mistaken, erroneous; awry, askew.

1. rightly, properly. 2. correct, true. Unabridged
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amiss (əˈmɪs)
1.  in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
2.  take something amiss to be annoyed or offended by something
3.  (postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
[C13 a mis, from mis wrong; see miss1]

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Word Origin & History

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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