Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mistake the meaning of; misinterpret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To interpret erroneously, to understand incorrectly; to misunderstand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To construe wrongly; to interpret erroneously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To construe or interpret erroneously; take in a wrong sense; misjudge; misunderstand.
  • Synonyms See construe and translate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. interpret in the wrong way

Etymologies

mis- +‎ construe (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But don't let the philosophically-alluding title misconstrue your perceptions of what

    Gaming Nexus

  • From what I've seen the press have been careful not to 'misconstrue' his remarks surprise surprise but in this case I can see how skewered his mentality is.

    The Ultra-Moonbat Strikes Again

  • The company's management has long argued that the relationship between ASP and gross margin is tenuous at best and we were cautioned a half dozen times not to "misconstrue" last week's results and declining ASPs.

    Minyanville

  • Mr Purcell said it would be difficult to see how someone could "misconstrue" the Northampton firm for a major film company making multi-million pound spy movies.

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

  • Yes, I think "misconstrue" is the correct word - for everything in your response.

    Think Progress

  • He added that he also saw the column as an opportunity to combat peoples 'tendency to "misconstrue" his words: "I feel like when I'm the only one writing, it's not like' Telephone '...

    <i>Page Six Magazine</i>'s Liam McMullan On New Column: 'It's Going to Be More About What I See Than What I Do'

  • The one character who is always to be counted on for commentary, like the fool in "King Lear," White House Press Secretary Tony Snow hit the nail squarely on the head when he suggested that critics of this administration's attempt to circumnavigate international law by way of new legislation merely "misconstrue" their government's "intent" which is to "define the Geneva Conventions" ban on cruel and inhumane treatment, and not to undermine it. "

    Impeach Condi?

  • I'm going to make a type C argument that no doubt some will misconstrue as a type M; it's embarrassing for a Duke academic to find that he unwittingly provided evidence that supports Limbaugh.

    Economic Arguments, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Doing so could help ensure that Tehran doesn't misconstrue covert actions that the U.S. sees as self-defense.

    U.S. Eyes Covert Plan to Counter Iran in Iraq

  • The sheer volume of criticism would make it easy to misconstrue the book as a hit piece, which doesn't otherwise appear to be Mr. Ribowsky's intent.

    He Knew He Was Right

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