• 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
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    “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

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