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On my honour as a gentleman, I will never say another word that you can take amiss.

"Dear Johanna, you must not take amiss what he says," Helena began, with a furtive smile.

I hope you did not take amiss my declining your visit yesterday.

Curlydown was a strictly hospitable man, and in his own house would not appear to take amiss anything his guest might say.

If ever I am in rough water and foul weather, I hope he will not take amiss anything I have here written about him.

I only hope that if ever anything of all this is published they will not take amiss anything written herein.

I afterwards told him my opinion of this species of prayer, which however, he did not take amiss.

Who could take amiss the rebuke of the kindly satirist, who was so ready to show up his own weaknesses?

"Then I advise you to go and do likewise," rejoined his new friend with a geniality impossible to take amiss.

It would clearly be impossible to take amiss anything that this woman might choose to say.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., amis "off the mark," also "out of order," literally "on the miss," from a "in, on" (see a- (1)) + missen "fail to hit" (see miss (v.)). To take (something) amiss originally (late 14c.) was "to miss the meaning of" (see mistake). Now it means "to misinterpret in a bad sense."

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