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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 misinterpreted
  • Cole later said that people had misinterpreted her admonition, and that the complaints were mostly about general noise.
  • Somehow orders from the colonel who approved our mission have been misinterpreted.
  • The book was widely misinterpreted as disproving group selection in general.
  • But an election official behind the report says her words are being misinterpreted.
  • Reading the scans is tricky because harmless nodules can be misinterpreted as suspect lesions.
  • None of these musicians should be held accountable for the ways in which their music is interpreted or misinterpreted.
  • The shift is sure to be widely discussed and widely misinterpreted.
  • Even a simple news article should not convey information that is misleading or easily misinterpreted.
  • Freedom of the markets should not be misinterpreted as autocratic rule by the markets, which is what has been happening of late.
  • The results of complex experiments are often misinterpreted.
British Dictionary definitions for misinterpreted


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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