misconception

[mis-kuhn-sep-shuhn]
noun
an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.

Origin:
1655–65; mis-1 + conception

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misconception (ˌmɪskənˈsɛpʃən)
 
n
a false or mistaken view, opinion, or attitude

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misconception
1660s, from mis- (1) + conception. Related: Misconceptions.
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Example sentences
The results of the new study reverses one of the long-standing misconceptions
  about birds and their evolution.
Misconceptions about the spread of swine flu are enough to make the pork
  industry sick.
Some of the things that get out there, there's probably misconceptions because
  we're family.
The real problem is not misconceptions, but ignorance.
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