- the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer's work demands interpretation.
- an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work; an elucidation: an interpretation of a poem.
- a conception of another's behavior: a charitable interpretation of his tactlessness.
- a way of interpreting.
- the rendering of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning, or to indicate one's particular conception of it.
- oral translation.
Origin of interpretation
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- the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
- the result of interpreting; an explanation
- a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
- explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
- logic an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
Word Origin and History for overinterpretation
mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French interpretacion (12c.) and directly from Latin interpretationem (nominative interpretatio) "explanation, exposition," noun of action from past participle stem of interpretari (see interpret).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of explaining the meaning of something.
- A psychotherapist's explanation of the meaning of a patient's remarks, dreams, memories, experiences, and behavior.
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