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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
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  • But the talking point appears to misconstrue the facts.
  • Many people consider dyslexia simply a reading problem in which children mix up letters and misconstrue written words.
  • Such jurors misconstrue their task as arguing for one version of events, rather than considering all alternatives.
  • Some critics might misconstrue this arrangement as exclusionary or suggest that it smacks of elitism.
  • The two do keep offering up tantalizing tidbits and comments to take out of context and misconstrue.
  • Their reputations could be sullied by folks who misconstrue your situation.
  • What's worse is the fact that you totally misconstrue deontology.
  • That's one of the reasons for his importance-that he writes in such a way that makes it impossible to misconstrue.
  • To suggest that an operator must comply with this oversight process is to misconstrue the intent of the system.
  • Respondents misconstrue applicable precedent in yet another effort to avoid discovery of their practices.
British Dictionary definitions for misconstrue


verb -strues, -struing, -strued
(transitive) to interpret mistakenly
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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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