[ US /əˈmɪs/ ]
[ UK /ɐmˈɪs/ ]
  1. away from the correct or expected course
    something went badly amiss in the preparations
    something has gone awry in our plans
  2. in an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner
    no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly
    if you think him guilty you judge amiss
    he spoke amiss
  3. in an imperfect or faulty way
    The lobe was imperfectly developed
    Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more
  1. not functioning properly
    something is wrong with the engine
    something is amiss
    has gone completely haywire
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How To Use amiss In A Sentence

  • something went badly amiss in the preparations
  • According to Damascene (De Fide Orth. iii, 24), "to pray is to ask becoming things of God"; wherefore it is useless to pray for what is inexpedient, according to James 4: 3, "You ask, and receive not: because you ask amiss. Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province
  • Some English roses from the FA would not have gone amiss. Times, Sunday Times
  • If you plant where savages are, do not only entertain them, with trifles and gingles, but use them justly and graciously, with sufficient guard nevertheless; and do not win their favor, by helping them to invade their enemies, but for their defence it is not amiss; and send oft of them, over to the country that plants, that they may see a better condition than their own, and commend it when they return. The Essays
  • _ 45, 'Nobis tam longae absentiae condicione ante quadriennium amissus est.' The Student's Companion to Latin Authors
  • To the insatiable bloody appetite of this creature nothing comes amiss; he takes the male ostrich by surprise, and slays that wariest of wild things on his nest; He captures little birds with the dexterity of a cat, and hunts for diurnal armadillos; he comes unawares upon the deer and huanaco, and, springing like lightning on them, dislocates their necks before their bodies touch the earth. The Naturalist in La Plata
  • Some assistance in the current crisis would not come amiss. Times, Sunday Times
  • We should have figured something was amiss when, after getting back on the highway, the coolant started again pouring from the heater onto the floor, but faster than I could soak it up. Broken Down Blues…
  • Dr. Ross says his findings move "human ocular extramission," which he also refers to as an "eyebeam," from the realm of superstition to science. Marketwire - Breaking News Releases
  • In a time of vapid politicians who only speak from pre-agreed scripts, a bit of colour, rank mischief and sharp politics cannot go amiss.
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