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[mis-ap-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
Origin of misapprehension
First recorded in 1620-30; mis-1 + apprehension
Related forms
misapprehensive, adjective
misapprehensively, adverb
misapprehensiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • It is the result of apprehension and misapprehension, and bred of race-fear.

  • It is my business to correct this misapprehension by telling you what the secret service is not.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Beyond this morbidness of misapprehension, there was no other morbidness in Hetty's state.

  • Vulgarity, ignorance, misapprehension are old acquaintances.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I hope that will correct some of the misapprehension that appears to have been disturbing you," said he.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Ye see, the young gentleman's under a misapprehension entirely.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • "There's a misapprehension, if I may make so bold as to point it out," put in Blood quietly.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • He had invaded the convent under a misapprehension, for which it was ridiculous to blame him.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for misapprehension


a failure to understand fully; misconception: the misapprehension that acting was easy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misapprehension

1620s; from mis- (1) + apprehension. Related: Misapprehensive.

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