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[ mis-kuhn-strooor, especially British, mis-kon-stroo ]

verb (used with object)

, mis·con·strued, mis·con·stru·ing.
  1. to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret.

    Synonyms: misjudge, misapprehend, misread


/ ˌmɪskənˈstruː /


  1. tr to interpret mistakenly

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Word History and Origins

Origin of misconstrue1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; mis- 1, construe

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Example Sentences

In the often-misconstrued words of Barack Obama in 2012, “You didn’t build that.”

From Time

Misidentifying location for video of these events misconstrues the reality of the situation for those watching from afar.

Fellache is hardly alone in recognizing the power of asynchronous meetings as an attractive alternative to phone calls, real-time meetings and even email, where tone is often lost and content can be misconstrued.

If we’re not careful, we can be a threat to each other’s health, which can be misconstrued as reason to feel threatened in every way.

That’s where the oft-misconstrued story of Onesimus comes in.

Surely, an unreconstructed snob could misconstrue much more.

"After the Mark Sanford thing, I didn't want anybody to misconstrue [my vacation]," Flake said.

The fairest observers misconstrue all motives to action, where any received prepossession has found an hypothesis.

I put in, to laugh Uvo out of the morbid vein which I understood in him but others might easily misconstrue.

Let us find out what we are talking about, lest we should misconstrue and misunderstand each other.

But we must not misconstrue words in our versions of a style so loose.

You will not misconstrue my words, but—but life is not always the same, is it?