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verb (used with object), misunderstood, misunderstanding.
to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.

1150–1200; Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand

misunderstander, noun

1. misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
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misunderstand (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd)
vb , -stands, -standing, -stood
to fail to understand properly

misunderstood (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd)
not properly or sympathetically understood: a misunderstood work of art; a misunderstood adolescent

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Word Origin & History

c.1200; see mis- (1) + understand. Misunderstanding "dissention, disagreement" is first recorded 1642.
"When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood." [Lionel Trilling]
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Example sentences
Hence the novelists have often been misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Faculty members feel that they are cheated, mistreated, and misunderstood.
But the nature of the change is in danger of being misunderstood.
It's a city that is underrated and misunderstood and that's always baffled me.
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