from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hear wrongly; misunderstand.
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- v. To hear wrongly.
- v. To misunderstand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To hear incorrectly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mistake in hearing.
a type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct.
Your suggestions of "mishear" (if that's a word) or "unintentionally misrepresents" don't work because both of them presuppose a particular understanding of Professor Dawkins's mental state in making his erroneous characterization of Konner — precisely what he wants to avoid.
They either mishear or choose not to hear criticism, he said.
Q: Did I mishear O'Malley or did he offer no response to how he would fund the Purple Line except for saying he thinks it's cheaper in the long run than buses?
And like individuals, communities imagine promises and also mishear them.
But I know how easy it is to mishear things when scary Muslims are talking.
If I didn't mishear it, how could that have been anything but a deliberate, terribly unkind (and untrue) slam?
We don't know -- and most likely Jack doesn't know -- what kind of experiences in his past might have set him up to so mishear a remark and lose his control of a meeting.
One speaks into a smuggled cell phone, loudly, so it is impossible to mishear the words “dilation” and “sticks.”
You sound like my daughter, who would always mishear song lyrics, and would not listen when corrected.