out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray:
Did I speak amiss?
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.
From the start of the investigation, there were signs that something was amiss.
Lesley Herring: The Hollywood Murder Case With No Body Christine Pelisek March 27, 2013
He did not suspect anything was amiss until he returned home that evening and found them gone.
How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught Michael Daly October 21, 2014
Brega offered no hint that anything was amiss, basically because Libyans were barred from living there.
Happy Birthday from Hizbollah! Neil MacFarquhar May 5, 2009
All of this happened in daylight, and controllers were aware that something was amiss.
The Botched Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Clive Irving March 11, 2014
There seems to be a prevalent feeling that something is amiss at Apple.
Apple’s Earnings Show the Company Is Still Thriving Edward Ferguson July 22, 2013
None knew that anything was amiss, as he stood that day at the bedside of the sufferer whom his skill had saved.
Marie Tarnowska Annie Vivanti
Mrs. Menotti tried to detain him; she could not understand what was amiss.
Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
A young specimen, without rouge or moustache, would not be amiss.
The Widow Barnaby Frances Trollope
It may not be amiss to remark that I have never eaten a blackberry since.
A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Somewhere about midnight thereafter, Bertric woke with a start which roused me, so that I sat up and asked what was amiss.
A Sea Queen’s Sailing Charles Whistler
in an incorrect, inappropriate, or defective manner
take something amiss, to be annoyed or offended by something
(postpositive) wrong, incorrect, or faulty
mid-13c., amis “off the mark,” also “out of order,” literally “on the miss,” from a “in, on” (see a- (1)) + missen “fail to hit” (see miss (v.)). To take (something) amiss originally (late 14c.) was “to miss the meaning of” (see mistake). Now it means “to misinterpret in a bad sense.”
see under take the wrong way
. Historical Examples Whatever others may say of me I will recite sutras kneeling before amitabha Buddha. Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan Various The earthly shell in which the soul of amitabha lives on through time! Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2) Sven Hedin amitabha is the Sanskrit of Amida, or the deification of […]
a close social relationship between a paternal aunt and her niece.
friendship; peaceful harmony. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord. a female given name. Historical Examples My sisters send their amities, and will write in a few days. Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860 Various Po´thos.God of the amities of love;one of the numerous attendants of Venus, 106. Myths […]
friendship; peaceful harmony. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord. a female given name. Historical Examples It was a curious custom which prevailed in the amity church. By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman What is so excellent as strict relations of amity, when they spring from this […]