misconstrue Definition

  • 1to interpret something wrongly
  • 2to understand something incorrectly

Using misconstrue: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "misconstrue" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I hope you don't misconstrue what I'm saying.

  • Example

    His words were misconstrued as a threat.

  • Example

    She misconstrued his intentions and got upset.

  • Example

    It's easy to misconstrue the tone of an email.

misconstrue Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for misconstrue

Phrases with misconstrue

  • misconstrue someone's words

    to interpret someone's words in a way that is incorrect or not intended


    Please don't misconstrue my words; I didn't mean to offend you.

  • misconstrue someone's actions

    to interpret someone's actions in a way that is incorrect or not intended


    She misconstrued his actions and thought he was angry with her.

  • to interpret a situation in a way that is incorrect or not intended


    He misconstrued the situation and thought everything was fine when it wasn't.

Origins of misconstrue

from Old French 'mesconstruire', meaning 'to misunderstand'


Summary: misconstrue in Brief

The verb 'misconstrue' [ˌmɪskənˈstruː] means to interpret something wrongly or to understand something incorrectly. It is often used to describe situations where someone has misunderstood another person's words or actions, such as 'His words were misconstrued as a threat.' 'Misconstrue' can also be used in phrases like 'misconstrue someone's words,' 'misconstrue someone's actions,' and 'misconstrue the situation.'