error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this.
mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error.
dialed the wrong number by mistake
blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame.
slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes.
a slip of the tongue
lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause.
a lapse in judgment
Examples of mistake in a Sentence
the auctioneer mistook my nod for a bid, and I ended up buying a painting I don't even like
you seriously mistake me if you think I scare so easily Noun
It would be a mistake to assume that we can rely on their help.
There must be some mistake.
The manuscript contains numerous spelling mistakes.
There's a mistake in the schedule.
“When does the movie start?” “At 8:00. No, wait—my mistake—it starts at 8:30.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Back when Blade Runner came out, some reviewers mistook its futuristic, sci-fi opulence for Josef von Sternberg’s sensual expressiveness.—Armond White, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023 In rare cases, people mistake rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo) for DOMS.—Lauren Del Turco, Health, 20 Nov. 2023 There’s no mistaking Frederick Douglass — reimagined as, what, Doug E. Fresh?—Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Therefore, onychomycosis can be mistaken for other conditions if samples aren’t collected.—Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 16 Nov. 2023 But there is no mistaking the breadth and ambition of the shift Mr. Trump is eyeing.—Jonathan Swan, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2023 That result shouldn't be mistaken for a sudden surge in support for Biden.—Rick Klein, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2023 True to size, they are designed with a comfy memory foam insole and faux leather upper that could perhaps even be mistaken for real leather.—Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 Insurers Confusing Claim File Requests With Appeals At least five people told ProPublica that, after submitting a request for a claim file, their health insurer mistook the request for an appeal.—Maya Miller, ProPublica, 8 Nov. 2023
Authorities have revised the acreage burned from 83 acres down to 39 — and blamed the number error on a pilot’s mistake.—City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 The attack on my character is full of mistakes and omissions.—Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 25 Nov. 2023 Maybe your only mistake has been to complain about this legitimate source of confidence.—Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Travis Kelce’s spelling mistakes over 10 years ago are inspiring a change to a Chipotle restaurant.—Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Reckoning with the mistakes of the past allows these characters to set a more authentic course for the future.—Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 It’s designed to eliminate smudges and mistakes, ensuring sharp, precise lines for a flawless makeup look.—Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 Williams compounded Branch’s mistake by throwing an interception on USC’s next drive.—Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Argentina made a fundamental mistake before WW1 in believing that an agricultural export market alone could power its rise to international power status.—John Fund, National Review, 18 Nov. 2023 See More
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