• WordNet 3.6
    • n misrepresentation a willful perversion of facts
    • n misrepresentation a misleading falsehood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misrepresentation Untrue representation; false or incorrect statement or account; -- usually unfavorable to the thing represented; as, a misrepresentation of a person's motives.☞ In popular use, this word often conveys the idea of intentional untruth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misrepresentation Erroneous or false representation; an unfair or dishonest account or exposition; a false statement: as, to injure one's character by misrepresentations.
    • n misrepresentation Incorrect or unfaithful representation in the capacity of agent or official representative, as of a principal in a matter of business, or of constituents in legislation.
    • n misrepresentation In map-making, faultiness in a map-projection, estimated with regard to its unequal scale in different parts and to its distortion of angles.
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  • Alexander Haig
    Alexander Haig
    “That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation.”


In literature:

No other has endured such misrepresentation and bitter persecution for justice's sake.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
No misrepresentations are permitted.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
Amend, 415; answers misrepresentations on wom.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
One of the most effective arts of priestcraft has been the misrepresentation and slander of heretics.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
You're a paid misrepresenter.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
They teemed with misrepresentations, and often with downright falsehoods.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Such regulative legislation should aim at doing away with misrepresentation and frauds in land dealing.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
This misunderstanding he attributed to persistent misrepresentation.
"George Brown" by John Lewis
You secured it by fraud and misrepresentation and by concealment of the actual facts.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
He says that it would give rise to misrepresentations, and so it would.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
In some classes of cases even inadvertent omission to disclose any material fact is treated as a misrepresentation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
We are at no loss, however, to interpret the meaning of such demoniac misrepresentations.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
You have only to examine the newspaper comments upon Abraham Lincoln to see that even in those days abuse and misrepresentation were popular.
"My Impresssions of America" by Margot Asquith
The uncouth shadows we cast there are the world's misrepresentation of us.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
What misrepresentation might not gain currency about my conduct?
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
His misrepresentations to the world at large were more covertly expressed.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
But in Mr. Thompson's statement of the case, there was a minute misrepresentation, which showed singular indifference to facts.
"Discussion on American Slavery" by George Thompson
We greatly suspect, that it had too much to do in suggesting the strange misrepresentation.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 353, March 1845" by Various
A misrepresentation voids a policy generally.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Youth has a marvellous fashion of accepting injustice and misrepresentation, if allowed to keep its inner life untouched.
"Lafcadio Hearn" by Nina H. Kennard

In news:

Opinion 323 Misrepresentation by an Attorney Employed by a Government Agency as Part of Official Duties.
Staffer Accused of Misrepresentation No Longer Working for GOP.
Agent's 'intentional misrepresentation ' disputed.
Insurance – Coverage Dispute – Material Misrepresentation .
It applies only to misrepresentations made in the course of official conduct when the employee (while acting in a non-representational capacity …), reasonably believes that applicable law authorizes the misrepresentations .
ACT leader Rodney Hide took place in the march, while Wellington deputy mayor Alick Shaw held a placard supporting the bill, which he said had been the subject of "more misrepresentation" on any issue he could remember.
This is a complete misrepresentation of Planned Parenthood's mission.
Hewlett-Packard takes $8.8 billion writedown on purchase of Autonomy Corp, claiming "misrepresentation".
Your ears are no longer assaulted by political diatribes, harsh accusations, and gross misrepresentations by opposing candidates.
Insurance – Misrepresentation concerning back taxes voids policy.
There is much confusion, even intentional misrepresentation, about Mitt Romney's position on the auto industry bailout — a critical issue for Ohio and Michigan voters.
Solar firms probed for possible 'misrepresentations' in getting public money .
J ust like pre-election propaganda, the pop music world is full of misrepresentations that can't be trusted.
Charles Rycroft's review of my edition of The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess ends with a serious misrepresentation.
"Selling a physical property — sweat — might be an issue," said Chris O'Connor, a public defender in Portland, Ore. "Also, he could be fraud and misrepresentation for selling clothing he says is his 14-year-old son's but isn't".

In science:

Note also that this error leads Ballentine and Jarrett to remark, in passing, that EPR’s concept of completeness entails determinism all by itself, which is surely a misrepresentation of the worries of Einstein and his followers.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
Finally, it allows for misrepresentation or false representation, whereas causal information does not (Griffiths, 2001)1 .
The transmission sense of information
This concerns the notion of information manipulation, or, equivalently, a deliberate misrepresentation of information.
Asset pricing with random information flow
We use a model galaxy population to investigate possible causes for this discrepancy and conclude that minor errors in the conversion from observables to physical quantities can lead to ma jor misrepresentation when applied without awareness of sample selection.
Star formation trends in high-redshift galaxy surveys: the elephant or the tail?
Conclusion Barnes objections to The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning result from a misunderstanding of my intention in writing the book, and both a misunderstanding and misrepresentation of much that is in it.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
In the case of an irregular ob ject, such as NGC 4449, we note that the assumption of spherical symmetry may lead to a misrepresentation of the ISRF giving rise to unphysical conditions near the central ionising source.
A multi-wavelength study of the Magellanic-type galaxy NGC 4449. I. Modelling the spectral energy distribution, the ionisation structure and the star formation history
Today’s experiments show consistently that no window for a self-sufficient tritium breeding currently exists and suggest that proposals that speak of future tritium breeding are based on nothing more than hopes, fantasies, misunderstandings, or even intentional misrepresentations.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
Additionally, a number of misrepresentations and inaccuracies in the latter recent paper are identified, corrected and /or clarified in this Comment.
Comments on: "Energetic balance for the Rayleigh--Stokes problem of an Oldroyd-B fluid" [Nonlinear Anal. RWA 12 (2011) 1]
Adhering, roughly, to the order of themes as defined by the sessions at the meeting, I’m trying to be comprehensive, but I apologize beforehand for any undue omissions and misrepresentations.
IAU (Maser) Symposium 287 Summary