misconstrue

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From Middle English misconstruen, equivalent to 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: Paul Simon, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover from the album Still Crazy after All These Years.
      [] furthermore, I hope my meaning won’t be lost or misconstrued []

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