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misconceive v : interpret in the wrong way; "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism"; "She misconstrued my remarks" [syn: misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand, misapprehend, be amiss]

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mis- + conceive


(US) IPA: /ˌmɪskənˈsiːv/


  1. to misunderstand
    • 1694, William Congreve, The Double-Dealer
      Nay, misconceive me not, madam, when I say I have had a gen'rous and a faithful passion, which you had never favoured, but through revenge and policy.

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