an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.

1655–65; mis-1 + conception

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To misconception
World English Dictionary
misconception (ˌmɪskənˈsɛpʃən)
a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1660s, from mis- (1) + conception. Related: Misconceptions.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The best way for someone to overcome a misconception is to have an experience that shows it is wrong.
One common misconception is that such companies operate in a legal vacuum.
That's a good hook that brings in some folks to our discipline but it's got
  some substance to it despite their misconception.
Their conclusion was aggregated by a modern misconception that vapors and gases
  could only be produced by volcanic activity.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature