misrepresent

[mis-rep-ri-zent]
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent incorrectly, improperly, or falsely.
2.
to represent in an unsatisfactory manner.

Origin:
1640–50; mis-1 + represent

misrepresentation, noun
misrepresentative, adjective
misrepresenter, noun
premisrepresent, verb (used with object)
premisrepresentation, noun


Misrepresent, distort, falsify, belie share the sense of presenting information in a way that does not accord with the truth. Misrepresent usually involves a deliberate intention to deceive, either for profit or advantage: The dealer misrepresented the condition of the car. Distort implies a purposeful twisting or emphasizing of certain statements so as to produce an inaccurate or misleading impresssion: cleverly distorting the facts to create an impression of his own innocence. Falsify suggests a tampering with or alteration of facts, records, or documents, especially with the intent to cheat or deceive: He falsified the birth records to conceal his age. Belie means to create an impression that is inconsistent with the facts, or that contradicts other evidence but it does not usually suggest intent to deceive: Her casual, relaxed manner belies her insecurity.
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misrepresent (ˌmɪsrɛprɪˈzɛnt)
 
vb
(tr) to represent wrongly or inaccurately
 
misrepresen'tation
 
n
 
misrepre'sentative
 
adj
 
misrepre'senter
 
n

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misrepresent
1640s, from mis- (1) + represent.
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Example sentences
Personally, this was something of a misrepresentation.
From first to last there has been much misrepresentation in the daily papers.
But there is a huge difference between honest advocacy and misrepresentation.
If you can show an inaccuracy or a misrepresentation in this post, willynilly,
  please do so.
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