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[mis-in-tur-prit] /ˌmɪs ɪnˈtɜr prɪt/
verb (used with or without object)
to interpret, explain, or understand incorrectly.
Origin of misinterpret
First recorded in 1580-90; mis-1 + interpret
Related forms
misinterpretable, adjective
misinterpretation, noun
misinterpreter, noun
unmisinterpretable, adjective Unabridged
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  • He said that there had been much tendency to misinterpret in both countries, but that things were now better.

    Before the War Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
  • But lest some should misinterpret these remarks, I will add that there must be grace at heart.

    The Young Maiden A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • Her face was very pale, but her dark eyes beamed on me with a veiled tenderness that I could not misinterpret.

    The Argosy Various
  • He could not tell her he loved her for fear she might misinterpret her own sentiments.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • You can not misinterpret me; I dont want Sue to be hurt, and I do not want you to be capable of hurting her.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • Nor can I conceive that any one will so misinterpret the custom.

  • Haeckel is a great writer because he reveres a fact, and would not for his life deny or misinterpret one.

  • These foreign fellows will be quite ready to misinterpret it.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for misinterpret


(transitive) to interpret badly, misleadingly, or incorrectly
Derived Forms
misinterpretation, noun
misinterpreter, noun
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Word Origin and History for misinterpret

1580s, from mis- (1) + interpret. Related: Misinterpreted; misinterpreting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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