Origin of misunderstanding
Definition for misunderstanding (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), mis·un·der·stood, mis·un·der·stand·ing.
Origin of misunderstand
Examples from the Web for misunderstanding
What conflicts do exist between them derive from misunderstanding and accident.
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.
The authors categorized responses that indicated a misunderstanding of possible benefit as “germs are germs” beliefs.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the story surfaced in the press, Shumlin backtracked and said it all been a misunderstanding.
Do say ‘Olga, there has been a misunderstanding, for which I wanted to apologise.’
Misunderstanding the implications of education and setting false priorities are also frequently invoked.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
He blanked the screen while Kellogg was trying to tell him that it was all a misunderstanding.Little Fuzzy|Henry Beam Piper
A misunderstanding between the trio resulted in the withdrawal of the two medical men before the structure was completed.Florida: Past and present|Samuel Curtis Upham
"Oh, there's surely been a misunderstanding," repeated Ethel Lacey.Jane Allen: Right Guard|Edith Bancroft
It had been a long day, and then the misunderstanding in the middle of it had told considerably upon the nerves of both.The Pines of Lory|John Ames Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for misunderstanding (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for misunderstanding (2 of 2)
verb -stands, -standing or -stood
Word Origin and History for misunderstanding (1 of 2)
"want of understanding," mid-15c., from present participle of misunderstand.
When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. [Lionel Trilling]
Meaning "dissention, disagreement" is first recorded 1640s.