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[mis-in-tur-prit] /ˌmɪs ɪnˈtɜr prɪt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to interpret, explain, or understand incorrectly.
Origin of misinterpret
1580-90; mis-1 + interpret
Related forms
misinterpretable, adjective
misinterpretation, noun
misinterpreter, noun
unmisinterpretable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misinterpret
  • Some distance-education professors say they are surprised at how often students misinterpret online messages.
  • Moreover, they misinterpret history in more grotesque ways than anybody else.
  • Second, it is possible that the body could misinterpret some substances absorbed from the gut as allergens during a fever.
  • Many of them misinterpret the economic models, which understate the degree to which biofuels drive up prices.
  • Humans can't design experimental results, though they can of course misinterpret or lie about them.
  • Others may confuse you by being defensive or you may misinterpret their motivations.
  • For those that misinterpret it and don't understand it, it becomes a catastrophe.
  • Be aware that people may misinterpret the show of teeth as a show of aggression.
  • Pretty disingenuous: misinterpret what's written, then berate the writer for something he didn't say.
  • It is one thing to misinterpret something and remain open to clarification.
British Dictionary definitions for misinterpret


(transitive) to interpret badly, misleadingly, or incorrectly
Derived Forms
misinterpretation, noun
misinterpreter, noun
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Word Origin and History for misinterpret

1580s, from mis- (1) + interpret. Related: Misinterpreted; misinterpreting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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