- failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.
- a disagreement or quarrel.
Origin of misunderstanding
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Antonyms for misunderstanding
- to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
- to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
Origin of misunderstand
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Related Words for misunderstandingmisinterpretation, confusion, misjudgment, error, misconception, mix-up, mistake, rift, squabble, clash, discord, disagreement, dissension, feud, difficulty, breach, difference, conflict, quarrel, delusion
Examples from the Web for misunderstanding
Contemporary Examples of misunderstanding
What conflicts do exist between them derive from misunderstanding and accident.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
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
December 19, 2014
When the story surfaced in the press, Shumlin backtracked and said it all been a misunderstanding.What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!
November 13, 2014
Do say ‘Olga, there has been a misunderstanding, for which I wanted to apologise.’How To Fire Your Maid, By A Russian Oligarch
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of misunderstanding
"I shall not interfere with that arrangement," said the lawyer, misunderstanding his object.Brave and Bold
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government.
And let there be no misunderstanding—we are going to begin to act, beginning today.
It had come only after many days of misunderstanding and doubt.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
In this matter there must be no indefiniteness, no chance for misunderstanding.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
- a failure to understand properly
- a disagreement
- to fail to understand properly
Word Origin and History for misunderstanding
"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.