misconstrue

[ mis-kuhn-stroo or, esp. British, mis-kon-stroo ]
/ ˌmɪs kənˈstru or, esp. British, mɪsˈkɒn stru /

verb (used with object), mis·con·strued, mis·con·stru·ing.

to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret.

Nearby words

  1. misconceive,
  2. misconceived,
  3. misconception,
  4. misconduct,
  5. misconstruction,
  6. miscopy,
  7. miscounsel,
  8. miscount,
  9. miscreance,
  10. miscreancy

Origin of misconstrue

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

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British Dictionary definitions for misconstrue

misconstrue

/ (ˌmɪskənˈstruː) /

verb -strues, -struing or -strued

(tr) to interpret mistakenly
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Word Origin and History for misconstrue

misconstrue

v.

late 14c., "to put a wrong construction on" (words or deeds), from mis- (1) + construe. Related: Misconstrued; misconstruing.

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