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[mis-kwoht] /mɪsˈkwoʊt/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), misquoted, misquoting.
to quote incorrectly.
a quotation that is incorrect.
Origin of misquote
1590-1600; mis-1 + quote
Related forms
misquoter, noun Unabridged
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  • The author did not misquote the film, but paraphrased it, to make a different point.
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  • They mention a position he ran on a while back and he claims it was a misquote or a mistake.
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British Dictionary definitions for misquote


to quote (a text, speech, etc) inaccurately
Derived Forms
misquotation, noun
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Word Origin and History for misquote

1590s; see mis- (1) + quote (v.). First recorded in Shakespeare.

Looke how we can, or sad or merrily, Interpretation will misquote our lookes. ["I Hen. IV," v.ii.13]
Related: Misquoted; misquoting. As a noun from 1855.

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