misconstrue

[ mis-kuhn-stroo or, esp. British, mis-kon-stroo ]SEE DEFINITION OF misconstrue
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MISCONSTRUE

As for being straightforward, don't they misconstrue our words continually?

And, lest he might misconstrue her remark, she avoided his eyes.

Did I misconstrue your thoughts when you looked at me in the Queen's boudoir?

Theirs was an anxiety I should have been blind to misconstrue.

Your jealous fancy causes you to misconstrue what you saw and heard.

I acted on the impulse of affection, and I am sure you will not misconstrue my motives.

If they misconstrued Mary's motive, let us beware lest we misconstrue theirs.

But we must not misconstrue words in our versions of a style so loose.

But the trappers were too wise to misconstrue the action of the Blackfeet.

He understood that attitude, but he smiled, pretending to misconstrue it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to put a wrong construction on" (words or deeds), from mis- (1) + construe. Related: Misconstrued; misconstruing.

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