from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inaccurate explanation, interpretation, or report; a misunderstanding.
- n. Grammar A faulty construction, especially of a sentence or clause.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a misunderstanding or misinterpretation resulting from the use of the wrong meaning of a word that has multiple meanings
- n. an ungrammatical phrase
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Erroneous construction; wrong interpretation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of misconstruing; wrong interpretation; a mistaking of the true meaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of misinterpretation resulting from putting a wrong construction on words or actions (often deliberately)
- n. an ungrammatical constituent
The term misconstruction was used by the Congress of 1791 ... as misconstruction is verifiable truth ... the historical proof.
Barton apologizes for 'misconstruction' of BP apology
He had written his wife at the same time, leaving her free to remain at Fürstenstein, or to join him at once and go with him to her old home to see her brother again; now, after two weeks, if she chose to leave, no "misconstruction" could be placed upon her departure.
Note the date and the complete misconstruction of what I said.
Never in our experience as pollsters can we recall such self-deluding misconstruction of survey data.
In this instance, errors tend to entrench “bad law,” where “bad law” amount to deliberate misconstruction of binding precedent.
Merchants that accept debit cards "are substantially harmed" by the Fed's "misconstruction" of the Dodd-Frank law's provision limiting debit card fees, the plaintiffs said in the lawsuit.
But this is largely a misconstruction of the whole issue.
Blaming it solely on population pressure is a misconstruction from theory.
Representative JOE BARTON (Republican, Texas): I want to apologize for that misconstrued - misconstruction.
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