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  • n. An incorrect quotation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Erroneous or inaccurate quotation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of quoting wrong.
  • n. An incorrect quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an incorrect quotation


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  • I was just trying to give you a chance to explain yourself because I don't like to jump to conclusions like that (purposeful misquotation is a very, very low thing to do.)

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  • Brillat-Savarin, "[a] very famous man, who was at the same time a great dolt" (377), followed by a misquotation from the Physiology of

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • When Anne Patterson, U.S. ambassador in Islamabad, was quoted saying the U.S. and Pakistan were entering talks on civil nuclear cooperation – which the embassy identified as a misquotation – it dominated the news here (far more than it did in Pakistan.) "The emotional response is immediate, there are banner headlines even if the story is denied," says Swaran Singh, professor of diplomacy and disarmament at the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    America's India Envoy Needs to Run a Permanent Campaign

  • In his pursuit of the ideal misquotation, Pearson shows that many are improvements on the original sayings.

    Author, author: Michael Holroyd

  • But I would like to draw your attention away from that slander and focus it on what purports to be a misquotation from the Book of Job: "Oh, that mine enemy had written a book!"

    Author, author: Michael Holroyd

  • From Wikipedia: Quote mining is use of the fallacy of quoting out of context, repeatedly employing misquotation in an attempt to skew or contort the meaning and purpose of the original author regarding a controversial topic.

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  • Because I have an otherwise useless Ph.D. in English Literature, I immediately recognized this as a misquotation of Thomas Hobbes.

    Giles Slade: Bad Romance

  • Today there is a plaque on the wall of Guerrero's house in Tixtla containing this misquotation of his actual words: Independence and liberty -- or death!

    Vicente Guerrero: a study in triumph and tragedy (1782–1831)

  • Sir John, who was the former head of the Met Office but is now living in semi-active retirement in Wales, said he is considering taking legal action because he feels that the continued recycling of the misquotation is doing him and his science a huge disfavour.


  • So Bret Stephens is brain-dead, his conscience and journalistic competence freeze-dried one devastating scientific misapprehension, misquotation and kited factoid at a time.

    The sadists, the masochists and the scientists


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