misconstrue

[mis-kuhn-stroo or, esp. British, mis-kon-stroo]
verb (used with object), misconstrued, misconstruing.
to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see mis-1, construe


misread, misapprehend, misjudge.
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misconstrue (ˌmɪskənˈstruː)
 
vb , -strues, -struing, -strued
(tr) to interpret mistakenly

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misconstrue
late 14c., "to put a wrong construction on" (words or deeds), from mis- (1) + construe. Related: Misconstrued.
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Example sentences
The writer appears to have misconstrued the results of the study.
Sound is another and from day one this phenomenon has been misconstrued.
There is also a bigfoot blog that has had misconstrued information.
Some of the works are so obscurantist they're prone to be misconstrued.
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