[ 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.

Origin of misconstrue

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

verb -strues, -struing or -strued

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



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

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