• An Unpardonable Mistake
    An Unpardonable Mistake
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mistake to make a mistake or be incorrect
    • v mistake identify incorrectly "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
    • n mistake a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention "he made a bad mistake","she was quick to point out my errors","I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
    • n mistake an understanding of something that is not correct "he wasn't going to admit his mistake","make no mistake about his intentions","there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister"
    • n mistake part of a statement that is not correct "the book was full of errors"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

What a mistake I was going to make What a mistake I was going to make

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
    • Mistake An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct. "Infallibility is an absolute security of the understanding from all possibility of mistake ."
    • Mistake (Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.
    • v. i Mistake To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error. "Servants mistake , and sometimes occasion misunderstanding among friends."
    • Mistake To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge. "Mistake me not so much,
      To think my poverty is treacherous."
    • Mistake To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another. "A man may mistake the love of virtue for the practice of it."
    • Mistake To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning. "My father's purposes have been mistook ."
    • Mistake To take or choose wrongly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At Will's first competition he competes with the sword, and after his first victory Jeff gives a little speech which recieves no response until one of Will's friends cheers. this was a mistake none of the extras spoke english and so missed their cue to start cheering, and needed a reminder from one of the lead actors. This scene was going to be shot but the director decided this was better than what they had planned.
    • mistake l. To take wrongly; appropriate erroneously or through misapprehension.
    • mistake To take or choose erroneously; choose amiss, as between alternatives; regard (something) as other than it is: as, to mistake one's road or bearings; to mistake a fixed star for a planet.
    • mistake To take in a wrong sense; conceive or understand erroneously; misunderstand; misjudge: as, to mistake one's meaning or intentions.
    • mistake To make a mistake; be in error; be wrong; misapprehend.
    • mistake To take a wrong part; transgress.
    • mistake To err in advice, opinion, or judgment; be under a misapprehension or misconception; be unintentionally in error.
    • n mistake An error in action, opinion, or judgment; especially, misconception, misapprehension, or misunderstanding; an erroneous view, act, or omission, arising from ignorance, confusion, misplaced confidence, etc.; a slip; a fault; an error; a blunder.
    • n mistake In law, an erroneous mental conception that influences the will and leads to action. Pomeroy. It is usually considered that if neglect of a legal duty was the cause it deprives the error of the character of mistake in the legal sense. See accident, 2 .
    • n mistake Synonyms Error, Bull, etc. See blunder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Frederic Remington's sculpture The Bronco Buster has mistake in it: the cowboy is wearing his spurs upside down.
    • v.t Mistake mis-tāk′ to understand wrongly: to take one thing or person for another
    • v.i Mistake to err in opinion or judgment
    • n Mistake a taking or understanding wrongly: an error
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  • Sydney Smith
    “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.”
  • Proverb
    “The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.”
  • Lawson Purdy
    Lawson Purdy
    “Men must try and try again. They must suffer the consequences of their own mistakes and learn by their own failures and their own successes.”
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft
    “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. mis-, + take,: cf. Icel. mistaka,


In literature:

Do not mistake a noun modifier for the noun subject.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
Don't you make no mistake about that, Cap'n Sears.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The second was a foolish mistake; the first was a disgusting surrender of right feeling.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
They can make coffee, and no mistake.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
If you make a mistake in your career, you can correct it and begin again.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The only hope was in the possibility of mistake, which might yet remain.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
From the exterior Ludlow Street Jail looks somewhat like a conservatory of music, but as soon as one enters he readily discovers his mistake.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
This was his mistake.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
There's no chance for a mistake, I'm afraid.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
I made a mistake and I must pay the penalty of that mistake.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In poetry:

Thy word with light and power
Did my mistake amend;
I viewed the sinners' life before,
But here I learned their end.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
“Its idol mocked thee, seated nigh,
And shamed me for the mad mistake;
I thank my God he could deny,
And she forsake.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
How much they suffer from our faults!
How much from our mistakes!
How often, too, mistaken zeal
An infant's misery makes!
"Children" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
I dare not say it, Lord, for fear
My heart I may mistake;
So many earthly things are dear,
Perhaps, for earth's own sake.
"A Heart's Prayer" by Lucy Larcom
My early love! my first, my last!
Mistakes have been that both must rue;
But all the passion of the past
Survives for you.
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
"Oh, dallying's a sad mistake;
'Tis craven to survey the morrow!
Go give your heart, and if it break-
A wise companion is Sorrow.
"To Newcastle" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in remarks on Polish radio Wednesday that the death-camp reference was likely "a very serious mistake made by the person who wrote the text" for Mr Obama.
Stories abound of French Quarter revelers who make the mistake of asking the police why a friend is being arrested.
They find out it's a mistake when the police concoct a reason to arrest them and take them to Central Lockup for their audacity.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology may have made a terrible, terrible mistake: They've taught robots how to deceive .
Defense lawyer says arrest of JROTC head was a mistake.
Vols looking to clean up mistakes on offense.
"It is certainly a mistake," she said.
Prosecutors laid out over three days of testimony that Aldawsari was learning from his mistakes.
If mistake, says he will correct it.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry reacted Wednesday to state charges that he laundered a campaign contribution, saying that if he made a mistake, he'll correct it.
I made a mistake of moving to North Chilton County 12 years ago.
First game day mistake by Jim Harbaugh.
Morgan Loss 'Terrible, Egregious Mistake'.
Toothbrush Mistakes Can Damage Enamel .
Three hours a week decreased mistakes by 37 percent, study finds.

In science:

This gets the order mixed slightly, since formalising this theorem unearthed a mistake in the algorithm, so the process was mutual.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
During the work to automate the proof of the Kraft-Chaitin Theorem a mistake in our human-made argument was unearthed and corrected.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
A common mistake is to regard the axioms of zfc as assertions only about ‘the real’ universe of sets, when in fact they are satisfied by many different ‘universes of sets’.
Set theory for category theory
We also thank a referee whose comments lead us to correct a mistake in a previous version of this work.
Estimation of the distribution of random shifts deformation
In such a case, subplan P2 is practically functioning like a strong distractor eventually leading to a mistake.
On Requirements for Programming Exercises from an E-learning Perspective