• WordNet 3.6
    • v misunderstand 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 Misunderstand mĭs*ŭn`dẽr*stănd" To misconceive; to mistake; to miscomprehend; to take in a wrong sense.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misunderstand To understand amiss; attach a false meaning to; take in a wrong sense; misconceive; interpret or explain to one's self erroneously.
    • misunderstand To fail to understand (a person with reference to his words or actions): as, I misunderstood you. Synonyms To misapprehend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misunderstand mis-un-dėr-stand′ to take in a wrong sense
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  • Tryon Edwards
    “Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.”
  • Andre Gide
    “Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.”
  • Louis Kronenberger
    Louis Kronenberger
    “There seems to be a great misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Ninety-nine percent of all problems in communications start with misunderstandings which develop as a result of differing viewpoints and conditioning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To fear death is to misunderstand life.”
  • John Ruskin
    “No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.”


In literature:

Thus to think of it is to misunderstand it all.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
You won't misunderstand me.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
No, the Ranger decided, it was what he'd originally called it: a mutual misunderstanding.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
People like that, she said, always misunderstand what one said to them.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
As a matter of fact it is with words that the way to misunderstanding is opened.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Even if I have to appear stern sometimes, don't misunderstand it.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
We were wont to discuss religious matters together, and many of our misunderstandings have arisen from that.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
He would not misunderstand her.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Oh, Basil, don't you begin to misunderstand her.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
He need not set himself to develop equality, but he need not set himself to misunderstand it.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
She could not misunderstand him; she disdained to, honouring the simplicity and truth of this man to whom she was so truly devoted.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
The common root of both is misunderstanding, forgetfulness and contempt of competence.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
His failure to go on with a portrait of Burke which he had begun caused a misunderstanding with his early patron.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
I won't protest, or presume to misunderstand your intent in offering it to me.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
Here is a curious instance of a complete misunderstanding, arising entirely from the different customs of East and West.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
A misunderstanding as to strategy arose in this conference.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Nothing would be right until she had chased away the black clouds of misunderstanding that hung over them.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
His Majesty was sure that there must be some misunderstanding.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
For the lady's sake, I hope there's no misunderstanding!
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
It is so dreadful to misunderstand; nothing frightens me so much.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

Lo! carpet-bag and bagger occupy the land,
And prove the touring season actively begun;
His personnel and purpose can none misunderstand,
For each upon his frontlet bears his honest brand--
The fool-ish one!
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Authorities say attempted abduction in Golden a misunderstanding .
Authorities said Sunday that an attempted abduction in Golden was a misunderstanding .
Address misunderstanding leads to stabbing of 14-year-old.
Corinna shooting incident a 'big misunderstanding '.
Moscow, Washington almost blew up the world over a misunderstanding .
Yard-sign flap was misunderstanding .
Kidnapping report said to be misunderstanding .
This is a huge misunderstanding '.
Man approaching children a misunderstanding .
Misunderstanding set off Kansas City bomb scare.
An embassy statement, a tweet, and a major misunderstanding .
There was some misunderstanding .
Gary Gorton's ' Misunderstanding Financial Crises.
Village 8 Louisville Exclusives presents 'Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding '.
Guillen, Bell clash a ' misunderstanding '.

In science:

We will address the problem of the “measure of maximality” of the mixed state in the context of the calculated Holevo bound on the channel. To avoid misunderstanding we distinguish in this chapter between distribution and statistics.
Continuous variable private quantum channel
Simply taking at face value the curves of Figure 8, however, can lead to important misunderstandings on the intrinsic relevance of the different techniques to planetary science.
Astrometric Methods and Instrumentation to Identify and Characterize Extrasolar Planets: A Review
To avoid the misunderstandings of Iorio (2005), it would have just been a matter of very careful reading the previously existing literature on this sub ject!” are clearly inappropriate.
An assessment of the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect in the Earth gravity field, in reply to: ``On the measurement of the Lense-Thirring effect using the nodes of the LAGEOS satellites, in reply to ``On the reliability of the so far performed tests for measuring the Lense-Thirring effect with the LAGEOS satellites'' by L. Iorio,'' by I. Ciufolini and E. Pavlis
This misunderstanding has now propagated through a number of papers.
Solar System tests DO rule out 1/R gravity
It is important to clarify the origin of some peculiarites just from the beginning in order to prevent misunderstanding (that time by time takes place in publications) in the processes observed or to be expected.
On X-Ray Waveguiding in Nanochannels: Channeling Formalism
The red curve (Sin24) is the ASDs after subtracting those of the fitted sinusoidal function with a period of one sidereal day that A2003 calculated and showed in their Figure 2 presumably with a misunderstanding what ADSs are.
Re-analysis of the First Fringe with 2-Beam in the VERA System from Archive Data
We correct both of these misunderstandings by handling nonsmooth (but uncreased) surfaces, and by stating a local structure theorem flexible enough to handle zero curvatures and all other edge cases of uncreased surfaces.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
Misunderstandings about Object-Oriented Design: Experiences Using Code Reviews.
Exploring Peer Review in the Computer Science Classroom
Students' framings are easiest to identify via contrasts and shifts Evidence for how students are framing their math use is easiest to pick out when there is some sort of contrast or misunderstanding present.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
These notes allowed the video databank to be quickly searched for the best debates, arguments, and misunderstandings.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
In order to avoid possible misunderstandings, it begins at a level more elementary than would typically be assumed by a journal article.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
While this is a quantum effect and the following discusses a merely classical scenario, it is a serious concern that will be briefly address ed later. A frequently occurring misunderstanding stems from the defi nition of antigravitation, so some words of clari fication are in order.
We will first describe these two applications, so that an eventual misunderstanding of what they are does not hinder later the clarity of our real purpose, the analysis of multiscale handling methods.
Different goals in multiscale simulations and how to reach them
In order to prevent future misunderstandings, it is important to note the difference between evaluation score and truthtelling score: while the first one is assigned to the manuscript as the resul t of a reviewer’s review, the latter is given to the reviewers in order to promote truthfulness.
On a Reliable Peer-Review Process
There is a well known statistical misunderstanding between the probability that the null hypothesis is true and the p-value.
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela