[mis-ap-ri-hen-shuh n]


Origin of misapprehension

First recorded in 1620–30; mis-1 + apprehension
Related formsmis·ap·pre·hen·sive, adjectivemis·ap·pre·hen·sive·ly, adverbmis·ap·pre·hen·sive·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of misapprehension

Historical Examples of misapprehension

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for misapprehension



a failure to understand fully; misconceptionthe misapprehension that acting was easy
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Word Origin and History for misapprehension

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper