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
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
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Just make sure the kids don’t mistake it for the cookie jar.Bon Appétit, 15 Nov. 2022 Don't mistake Burt's Bees Honey and Grapeseed Oil Hand Cream as only being good for your hands — the emollient-rich formula can also be used to salvage rough patches on your elbows, knees, and heels.
Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 9 Nov. 2022 Of course, no one will ever mistake John and his band for Phish or the latest iteration of the Grateful Dead.San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2022 So as not to mistake this classic casserole for a dessert, instead of sugar use apples, honey and orange juice, which also offer a floral tang to offset the natural sweetness of the spuds.
Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 When massive sunfish swim or float near the ocean’s surface, people often mistake them for sharks.
Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 No one would mistake Iowa for an explosive team, and defense has long been the name of the game in Iowa City.
Tim Bielik, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2022 High’s field and coaches would mistake Hill for senior Adetomiwa Adebawore, a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder currently at Northwestern.
Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2022 Children who mistake this Pokémon for a balloon and hold its hand have been known to vanish.
Jhaan Elker, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022
Even with the uncertainty surrounding unregulated sellers, Paula Collins, a lawyer who represents smoke shop and convenience store owners who sell cannabis, said that closing them down would be a mistake.
Ashley Southall, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 The original amount was quickly determined to be a mistake.
Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2022 Blackout Wednesday is approaching and the American Automobile Association (AAA) has a way for drivers to not make a big mistake on one of the biggest bar nights of the year.
Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2022 The New Zealand government eventually offered a formal apology to the people of Rūātoki, saying the whole episode was a mistake.
Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2022 Keep an eye out for Leatherwood — failing to evaluate him this season would be a mistake.
Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 Merrick Garland’s decision Friday to appoint a special counsel in the criminal investigations of Donald Trump is almost certainly a mistake, as such appointments usually are.
The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 People frequently store their fragrance on the counter along with their other grooming essentials, but this is a big mistake.
Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 Herbert, making his 37th straight start, played well enough Sunday by never letting the game never rush him into a big mistake.
Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2022 See More
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