Definition of take something amiss in English:

take something amiss

phrase

British
  • Be offended by something that is said, especially through misinterpreting the intentions behind it.

    ‘don't take this amiss, it's all good-humoured teasing’
    • ‘But since the state stood to benefit far more than any individual politician, no one took his ambition amiss.’
    • ‘Nobody there takes it amiss when things suddenly harden or go soft.’
    • ‘So I am sure that Keith will not take it amiss if I make a few comments (in my usual ‘take no prisoners’ way) about his theories.’
    • ‘However, a company should never say to an examiner, ‘But last week you said…,’ because the examiner will most likely take it amiss.’
    • ‘I pray you won't take it amiss if I offer you a refreshment?’
    • ‘I wonder if she would take it amiss if I tried to get closer to her.’
    • ‘Faculties often take it amiss when critics appeal over their heads to alumni, trustees or parents.’
    • ‘Then he added in embarrassment, ‘Please don't take it amiss, but above all I lack the detachment desirable between penitent and confessor.’’
    • ‘Don't take it amiss but I can not understand why line-wrapping is enabled by default.’
    • ‘Don't take it amiss, but I'm surprised at your simplicity—and not only yours!’
    be offended by, take offence at, be upset by
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