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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.
1350-1400; Middle English; see mis-1, construe
misread, misapprehend, misjudge. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for misconstrued


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 misconstrued



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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