misconstrue

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mis- +‎ construe

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misconstrue (third-person singular simple present misconstrues, present participle misconstruing, simple past and past participle misconstrued)

  1. (transitive) To interpret erroneously, to understand incorrectly; to misunderstand.
    • 1975: ...,furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued,... - Paul Simon, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover from the album Still Crazy after All These Years.

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