- improperly understood or interpreted.
- not appreciated.
Origin of misunderstood
- 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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Examples from the Web for misunderstood
As a professed bi-sexual, Evans is misunderstood by those who find her choices offensive.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
Smiths fandom was an once small and semi-exclusive club, reserved for the clever, literary, and misunderstood teenager.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
September 10, 2014
“Haters gonna hate” makes the person who says it into an automatic martyr, persecuted, misunderstood, maligned.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
Jonathan Edwards is one of the most misunderstood individuals in American history.The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist
Matthew Paul Turner
August 24, 2014
His fame is essentially on the back of a powerful business titan who misunderstood his original work.The Author Of The Summer's Hit Paranoid Fantasy Opens Up
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Hester did not like the remark, and he fancied from her look she had misunderstood him.Weighed and Wanting
I make this statement now in order not to be misunderstood when later I may say that God must be this or that.The Conquest of Fear
"You misunderstood me, Miss Gunn," said the doctor, now himself again.Hetty's Strange History
She misunderstood: he laughed, but his nervousness was genuine.Alice Adams
Do you know what it is to be misunderstood—to be despised without deserving it?'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- not properly or sympathetically understooda misunderstood work of art; a misunderstood adolescent
- to fail to understand properly
Word Origin and History for misunderstood
1590s, past participle adjective from misunderstand.