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[mis-kuh n-sep-shuh n] /ˌmɪs kənˈsɛp ʃən/
an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.
Origin of misconception
First recorded in 1655-65; mis-1 + conception Unabridged
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  • The misconception is in supposing that you sail this ship instead of John Truck.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Be pleased to bear in mind that this is no case of a misconception or a mistake.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • It would be easy to assure him that the whole was a misconception,—a mistake of meaning.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • "Then perhaps I lie under some misconception," said the Major, courteously.

  • You will, I feel sure, pardon his misconception of the circumstances.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for misconception


a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude
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Word Origin and History for misconception

1660s, from mis- (1) + conception. Related: Misconceptions.

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