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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 misinterpretation
  • But to declare such sporting endeavors scientific research is an unfortunate misinterpretation of reality.
  • The misinterpretation is not an illusion, but-if you will-an excuse.
  • But frankly, some of the misinterpretation may also be due to an unintentionally ambiguous choice of wording.
  • We apologise for the mistake, which arose from our misinterpretation of data submitted by the school.
  • Perhaps misinterpretation is a strong word but to be stuck in dogma in the years to come is perhaps futile.
  • Others thought this risk of misinterpretation could be managed through careful communications.
  • He has ducked all opportunities to explain if it was a straightforward lie, exaggeration or misinterpretation.
  • Apparently though, this too it open to misinterpretation.
  • Thanks for making my point even stronger with your misinterpretation.
  • Too much potential for misinterpretation in one cover.
British Dictionary definitions for misinterpretation


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

1570s; see mis- (1) + interpretation.



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

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