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misconstruction

[mis-kuh n-struhk-shuh n]
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noun
  1. wrong construction; misinterpretation: to put a misconstruction upon an action.
  2. an act or instance of misconstruing.
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Origin of misconstruction

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + construction
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Examples from the Web for misconstruction

Historical Examples

  • How will every look, every action, even the most innocent, be liable to misconstruction!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • How scornfully has she, by one act, replied to all our misconstruction of her!

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • "Wounded, madam," reiterated Daly, as if correcting a misconstruction.

  • I only mention this to prevent any possibility of future misconstruction.'

    Waverley

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Happily, too, Stephen's misconstruction of the affair had been corrected.

    The Loyalist

    James Francis Barrett


British Dictionary definitions for misconstruction

misconstruction

noun
  1. a false interpretation of evidence, facts, etc
  2. a faulty construction, esp in grammar
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