mistranslate

verb
mis·​trans·​late | \ˌmis-tran(t)s-ˈlāt, -tranz-;-ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt, -ˈtranz-\
mistranslated; mistranslating

Definition of mistranslate 

transitive verb

: to translate (something) incorrectly I have often observed an inquiry by an American slightly mistranslated into Japanese and the Japanese answer then in turn mistranslated.— Edwin O. Reischauer

First Known Use of mistranslate

1532, in the meaning defined above

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