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misunderstanding

[mis-uhn-der-stan-ding] /ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.
2.
a disagreement or quarrel.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see mis-1, understanding
Related forms
misunderstandingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. misapprehension, error, misconception. 2. discord, difference, difficulty, dissension.
Antonyms
2. concord.
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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstandings

misunderstanding

/ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ/
noun
1.
a failure to understand properly
2.
a disagreement
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Word Origin and History for misunderstandings

misunderstanding

n.

"want of understanding," mid-15c., from present participle of misunderstand.

When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. [Lionel Trilling]
Meaning "dissention, disagreement" is first recorded 1640s.

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