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[mis-kuh n-sep-shuh n]
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  1. an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.
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Origin of misconception

First recorded in 1655–65; mis-1 + conception
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Related Words for misconception

delusion, misunderstanding, misinterpretation, fallacy, fault, error, misapprehension, mistake, misconstruction

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Historical Examples of misconception

  • 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


  1. 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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