misconception

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misconception an incorrect conception
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The chameleon has several cell layers beneath its transparent skin. These layers are the source of the chameleon's color change. Some of the layers contain pigments, while others just reflect light to create new colors. Several factors contribute to the color change. A popular misconception is that chameleons change color to match their environment. This isn't true. Light, temperature, and emotional state commonly bring about a chameleon's change in color. The chameleon will most often change between green, brown and gray, which coincidently, often matches the background colors of their habitat.
    • n Misconception Erroneous conception; false opinion; wrong understanding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misconception Erroneous conception; false opinion; misunderstanding.
    • n misconception Synonyms Misunderstanding, misapprehension, mistake.
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Quotations

  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.”

Usage

In literature:

But this is a misconception.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
And all the ingenuous little foreign prejudices and misconceptions concerning England?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Hardly, indeed, could she draw a breath, when she felt that a new thread was woven in the web of misconception which surrounded her.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
But here I must guard myself against all misconception as to the use of this term.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
May I still farther correct a misconception?
"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" by James McNeill Whistler
But that is a plain misconception of the Apostle's meaning, and is contradicted by the whole context.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The misconception arose from a confusion between the fact and the method of creation.
"Science and Morals and Other Essays" by Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
At least, so ran the popular misconception.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
HOBBES, his misconception of relations of philosophy and science, 115; quoted on ethics, 261.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
His words leave no room for misconception of their meaning.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
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In poetry:

I do not know what you are for, (I do not know what I am for myself,
nor what anything is for,)
But I will search carefully for it even in being foil'd,
In defeat, poverty, misconception, imprisonment—for they too are
great.
"To A Foil'd European Revolutionaire" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The Big Squeeze, which "traces the forty year journey of… the mammography in the United States," provides the history and roots of the controversy and clarifies many misconceptions about mammography .
10 Opinions & Misconceptions On Natural Hair Answered.
Mistakes, misconceptions mar Pittsburg trash issue.
One of the most common and profound misconceptions about faith is that God is necessary to be moral and to find meaning in life.
I tackle the nuances of, and misconceptions about, public relations.
Nine Misconceptions About Social Security.
Spreading misconceptions about global commerce.
In his review of Larry Berman's "No Peace, No Honor," Jack F Matlock Jr repeats several devastating misconceptions about our activity in Vietnam.
There seems to be a widespread misconception about the two.
First, Dr Oz wants to clear up a misconception that sex burns a lot of calories.
The festival held each year is an opportunity for Pagans in Mid-Missouri to fellowship, network, educate the public about what the religion is and to address misconceptions that the public might have.
There are a lot of sports fans in this country who have misconceptions about the current football season.
APA argued for the use of expert testimony in a murder trial from a psychologist about people 's misconceptions of the laws of physics.
What he found is that most people post to point out misconceptions, combat the media and share their personal views, while more than half say they believe their posts can change the outcome of how some will vote.
People have this misconception that if you're a guy, you probably don't cook.
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In science:

Misconceptions and their change in university-level astronomy courses.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
We review also the concept of entanglement and find that its interpretation in publications on quantum computation and quantum information is based on the misconception that the expansion of a wave function in terms of a complete set of orthonormal eigenfunctions is a superposition of the eigenfunctions.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information: Are They Related to Quantum Paradoxology?
We discuss it here because it reflects several misconceptions that are present in many of the publications on quantum computation and quantum information.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information: Are They Related to Quantum Paradoxology?
But perhaps the paper was scored by users with little mass (the misconception is not so wide).
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
In that case, the user has identified a sub ject on which wide misconception exists, which should be addressed by a detailed paper.
RefSponse: A Literature Evaluation System for the Professional Astrophysics Community
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