• WordNet 3.6
    • n misconstrual a kind of misinterpretation resulting from putting a wrong construction on words or actions (often deliberately)
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In literature:

There was no question that he had utterly misconstrued her previous conduct.
"A Love Story Reversed" by Edward Bellamy
To misconstrue motives and ...?
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Our motives are misunderstood, our words misconstrued, a malicious smile or an unkind word reveals to us the unfriendly feelings of others.
"Gold Dust" by E. L. E. B.
As for being straightforward, don't they misconstrue our words continually?
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
I had been cruelly misconstrued, and my self-control on the occasion of Miss Kingsley's tea had been wholly unappreciated.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
Don't misconstrue her presence.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing!
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
I closely observed what went on around me and was careful to do nothing which could be misconstrued as ignorance.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But there were phrases that might have been misconstrued.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
While I was questioning Miss Manwaring Mr. Trego came up and misconstrued the situation.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance

In poetry:

But we misconstrue, and defeat
The end of any good;
When what should be our casual treat,
We make our constant food.
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
They misconstrue her, who translate.
They blur her mirror with their mist.
``Behold,'' one says, ``the face of Fate,''
Because himself a fatalist.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
We sit together and talk, or smoke in silence.
You say (but use no words) 'this night is passing
As other nights when we are dead will pass . . .'
Perhaps I misconstrue you: you mean only,
'How deathly pale my face looks in that glass . . .'
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 09:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

We are concerned that overzealous Customs Bureau agents may unfairly misconstrue even well-meaning regulations by mistakenly claiming that any undocumented ancient coin is ...
Historian Edmund Morris writes that the night Roosevelt first gave his big-stick speech, the then-vice president's words were rather misconstrued.
Many people consider dyslexia simply a reading problem in which children mix up letters and misconstrue written words.
Writers Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, Oscar winners -- with Alexander Payne -- for best adapted screenplay, discuss the onstage gesture they say has been ridiculously misconstrued.
Ask Kazakhstan-born tenor (and occasional vaudevillian) Timur Bekbosunov about Achim Freyer's controversial staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle last year, and he will tell you it was completely misconstrued by Los Angeles.
Cook County state's attorney says she was misconstrued in interview on false confessions.
A former sign language teacher claims he was unfairly fired after his comment to students was misconstrued.
In trying to clarify comments he felt were misconstrued in an article in the New York Times, agent Scott Boras texted Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, Boras said Tuesday.
In 30 years of practice, I've seen hundreds of people misconstrue relatively minor problems as life-threatening situations, but I cannot recall ever seeing a dog truly choke .
Friday's revelation by the NFL that there have been some "misunderstandings" regarding the "Who Dat" trademark has me wondering how we "ignant Suthaners" could have misconstrued the NFL's intent.
Jason Williams told the Orlando Sentinel that his actions during Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat were misconstrued.
"The conversation was misconstrued," Brandon Brice said.
As an editor sometimes at odds with the Press Democrat 's recommendations , I might be misconstrued to find some amount of joy in this news.
That's because White is now claiming that his comments were misconstrued.
There have been a lot of misconstrued ideas about the definition of love in the news lately.

In science:

Thus, the Galactic longitudinal and radial distributions of WRs as a function of subtype, shown in Figures 11b and 12, are simply the observed distributions, and should not be misconstrued or over-interpreted.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
The observed recession of the galaxies away from each other and the expansion and consequent cooling of the radiation produced during the big-bang as evinced by its relict, CMBR, have been misconstrued as the evidences of the expansion of the space also.
The Genesis of the Big-Bang and Inflation
As the arguments Andrew Cumming and I made have been misconstrued by some, I would like to “summarize my points” clearly: • It is obvious that the MSW mechanism is elegant and has profound implications.
Solar and Supernova Constraints on Cosmologically Interesting Neutrinos