follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

misunderstood

[mis-uhn-der-stoo d] /ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstʊd/
adjective
1.
improperly understood or interpreted.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; mis-1 + understood
Related forms
half-misunderstood, adjective
unmisunderstood, adjective

misunderstand

[mis-uhn-der-stand] /ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstænd/
verb (used with object), misunderstood, misunderstanding.
1.
to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
2.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand
Related forms
misunderstander, noun
Synonyms
1. misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for misunderstood
  • 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.
  • The insanity defense, rarely used, is widely misunderstood.
  • Such a misunderstood creature is a worthy subject to study.
  • There was great promise in this work, and having that much it was naturally misunderstood.
  • If only because he constantly claims he is misquoted or misunderstood.
  • Although obedience trained, she had been abused and completely misunderstood.
  • Apparently and tragically, this is sometimes misunderstood as indicating the tablets contain contraceptives.
British Dictionary definitions for misunderstood

misunderstood

/ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd/
adjective
1.
not properly or sympathetically understood: a misunderstood work of art, a misunderstood adolescent

misunderstand

/ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd/
verb -stands, -standing, -stood
1.
to fail to understand properly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for misunderstood
adj.

1590s, past participle adjective from misunderstand.

misunderstand

v.

c.1200; see mis- (1) + understand. Related: Misunderstood; misunderstanding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for misunderstood

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for misunderstood

0
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with misunderstood

Nearby words for misunderstood