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[mis-ap-ri-hen-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp rɪˈhɛn ʃən/
Origin of misapprehension
1620-30; mis-1 + apprehension
Related forms
misapprehensive, adjective
misapprehensively, adverb
misapprehensiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misapprehension
  • Perhaps you were left under a misapprehension by this summer's absurd national debt-limit debate.
  • However, one source of your suffering is a misapprehension about how academia and publishing works.
  • Vulgarity, ignorance, misapprehension are old acquaintances.
  • The common blood, and still more the common language, are fatal instruments of misapprehension.
  • What people call deformation in my work results from their own misapprehension.
  • To report this misapprehension is doubly sad, apart from our own regret at being caught up in it.
  • And at this point let me correct a misapprehension repeated in your article.
  • But this is based on a fundamental misapprehension of the way democracy works, when it does work.
  • Some may be under a misapprehension of what a genetic test actually does.
  • Alarm and misapprehension were not confined to the illiterate.
British Dictionary definitions for misapprehension


a failure to understand fully; misconception: the misapprehension that acting was easy
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Word Origin and History for misapprehension

1620s; from mis- (1) + apprehension. Related: Misapprehensive.

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