misconstrue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v misconstrue interpret in the wrong way "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism","She misconstrued my remarks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Misconstrue To construe wrongly; to interpret erroneously. "Do not, great sir, misconstrue his intent.""Much afflicted to find his actions misconstrued ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misconstrue To construe or interpret erroneously; take in a wrong sense; misjudge; misunderstand.
    • misconstrue Synonyms See construe and translate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misconstrue mis-kon′strōō to construe or to interpret wrongly.
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Usage

In literature:

She had misconstrued it, deciding that he was disappointed in her.
"The Winning Clue" by James Hay, Jr.
Our stubborn silence was not misconstrued.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
It's a sure sign of a dwarfed mind to have your actions criticized and misconstrued.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Has the world misconstrued your intents, And endeavoured to sully your fame?
"The Song of the Exile--A Canadian Epic" by Wilfred S. Skeats
Everywhere, misconstruing the results, men whispered of my luck.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Any word from him might be misconstrued at such a moment.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
She was so frank and impulsive that she never once thought that her actions might be misconstrued.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
The people forgot how it had misconstrued and reviled him.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
But it was one of those cases where a refusal might be misconstrued, and so I went.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
A misconstrued word has caused the spilling of the blood of millions; the needle-point of a stiletto has severed kingdoms.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
He couldn't explain how she had misconstrued them.
"No Clue" by James Hay
Whatever I do they are bound to misconstrue it.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
What if my language should be distorted, my motives misconstrued?
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Rupert had not for a moment misconstrued their presence at the theatre.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
A man's motives are so vilely misconstrued, Miss Twizzle.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Rhues misconstrued his emotion.
""I Conquered"" by Harold Titus
But that you might misconstrue me, I would urge you to give her to me for Maude's own sake.
"Trevlyn Hold" by Mrs. Henry Wood
In other words, whatever they do aggressively might be misconstrued and made use of as political capital.
"The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912" by James H. Blount
But the meaning of this must not be misconstrued.
"The Philosophic Grammar of American Languages, as Set Forth by Wilhelm von Humboldt" by Daniel G. Brinton
Zeal is misconstrued into craft and tyranny; no protestations and no arguments suffice to remove such false impressions.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
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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.
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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
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