Definition of misconstrue in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb misconstrues, transitive verb misconstruing, transitive verb misconstrued

[with object]
  • Interpret (something, especially a person's words or actions) wrongly.

    ‘my advice was deliberately misconstrued’
    • ‘His Lordship considered that, by misconstruing the words in the statute, the judge had made an error of law that went to jurisdiction.’
    • ‘This didn't really go down so well because they repeated and misconstrued every word, and she rang me up and abused me.’
    • ‘But Dominican nationalists, purposefully misconstruing its terms, have portrayed it an alarming attack on national sovereignty.’
    • ‘It's just far too easy for the written word to be misconstrued.’
    • ‘Her gaze narrowed and he realized how his words could be misconstrued.’
    • ‘The media deliberately misconstrue things because they want to confuse people.’
    • ‘This both misconstrues the data and misses the point.’
    • ‘I can only say that the Minister is either deliberately misconstruing this, or is utterly incompetent.’
    • ‘Be polite, and double-check your words so that nothing you say could be misconstrued.’
    • ‘To make this mistake is to misconstrue the personal nature of power.’
    • ‘I worry that this advice may be misconstrued, especially at a time when the news is full of journalistic imperfections.’
    • ‘I think he's misconstruing the pro-life position, though.’
    • ‘But I think this is misconstruing the role of think tanks.’
    • ‘This last quip seems to have been widely misconstrued.’
    • ‘Everything was out in the open, there was no real danger of my position being misconstrued.’
    • ‘I was interviewed by your paper last week and feel that some of what I have said was misconstrued in the article.’
    • ‘I am terribly sorry that this inside joke has been misconstrued to be a slur on any other president.’
    • ‘He is, after all, a writer of such clarity that his work can only be misconstrued by an effort of will.’
    • ‘It will be misconstrued as bribery, which is frowned on in legal circles.’
    • ‘We got the promoter to change this because it might be misconstrued by those not familiar with wrestling.’
    misunderstand, misinterpret, put a wrong interpretation on, misconceive, misapprehend, mistake, misread, miss, confuse, confound, take amiss
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/ˌmiskənˈstro͞o/ /ˌmɪskənˈstru/