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[mis-kuh n-stroo or, esp. British, mis-kon-stroo] /ˌmɪs kənˈstru or, esp. British, mɪsˈkɒn stru/
verb (used with object), misconstrued, misconstruing.
to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense; misinterpret.
Origin of misconstrue
1350-1400; Middle English; see mis-1, construe
misread, misapprehend, misjudge. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • People will misunderstand and misconstrue your loyalty to the old friends of your boyhood if you dare admit your friendship.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • As for being straightforward, don't they misconstrue our words continually?

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • He might misconstrue my motive—oh, you understand, don't you?

    The Pride of Palomar Peter B. Kyne
  • Theirs was an anxiety I should have been blind to misconstrue.

  • I would not have any misconstrue my statement and report me as saying that this work was wholly neglected until our work began.

    After Prison - What? Maud Ballington Booth
  • I acted on the impulse of affection, and I am sure you will not misconstrue my motives.

    Frederic Chopin, v. 1 (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
  • I do not know what they mean, and, unless I misconstrue them, they unconsciously hold different opinions at different moments.

  • But the trappers were too wise to misconstrue the action of the Blackfeet.

    The Life of Kit Carson Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for misconstrue


verb -strues, -struing, -strued
(transitive) to interpret mistakenly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misconstrue

late 14c., "to put a wrong construction on" (words or deeds), from mis- (1) + construe. Related: Misconstrued; misconstruing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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