AskDefine | Define misconstrue

Dictionary Definition

misconstrue v : interpret in the wrong way; "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism"; "She misconstrued my remarks" [syn: misinterpret, misconceive, misunderstand, misapprehend, be amiss]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA:mIs-kn-stru


  1. To interpret erroneously, to understand incorrectly; to misunderstand.
    • 1975: ...,furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued,... - Paul Simon, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover from the album Still Crazy after All These Years.

Extensive Definition

Misunderstand is to understand incorrectly, while thinking to have understood correctly.
It may also refer to the following:

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