Difference Between MISTAKE, FAULT, ERROR, Wrong and BLUNDER

In today’s lesson we will look into some word differences together. MISTAKE, BLUNDER, FAULT, WRONG and ERROR are used when we want to talk about something done wrong or improperly.

MISTAKE is the most general term used of everyday and means “an act or judgement that is misguided or wrong.” Mistake can be used as noun or verb.

“Coming here was a mistake” (noun)
“Because I was inexperienced I mistook the nature of our relationship” (verb)

ERROR is more suitable for more formal contexts. Some may consider ‘error’ to be much more severe than ‘mistake’.

“He has spelling errors
“She erased the error message.”

FAULT also used for unattractive or unsatisfactory feature, especially in a piece of work or in a person’s character.

“My worst fault is impatience” (noun)
“Can’t fault them for not coming” (verb)


BLUNDER is a stupid or careless mistake often careless or resulting from ignorance.

“That’s your second blunder this morning.” (noun)
“Several of the accounts were blundered by that new assistant” (verb)

WRONG means that something is not correct. It can be used as an adjective or noun.

“You are wrong to blame him” (adjective)
“I committed many wrongs” (noun)

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