mis·​con·​cep·​tion | \ ˌmis-kən-ˈsep-shən How to pronounce misconception (audio) \
plural misconceptions

Definition of misconception

: a wrong or inaccurate idea or conception a common/popular misconception There's this misconception that you get famous and everything is perfect.— Chris Daughtry The new name, along with more stringent criteria for diagnosing the disorder, represents an attempt to clear up misconceptions about the disorder and to have it taken more seriously by psychiatrists as well as the courts.— Janny Scott Many gardeners are under the misconception [=have the mistaken idea] that bamboos grow only in mild climates.— Nan Sterman … artists, writers, and musicians who labor under the misconception that it's possible to come up with something new under the sun …— Simon Reynolds

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Part of what has held gin back in the U.S. is the misconception that gin must always have a juniper taste, and that’s because many London-style gins feature that flavor profile. John Kell, Fortune, "Gin Sales Are Booming and It Could Be Thanks to the Growing Plant Craze," 22 June 2019 The big misconception is that teams pressure doctors to get players back. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Was KD sent back onto the court too soon? Medical experts say no," 11 June 2019 Part of this misconception may stem from consumers assuming that living trees are chopped down from forests increasingly depleted of their natural resources. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cost of real Christmas trees is on the rise — thanks to millennials," 5 Dec. 2018 The misconceptions concerning Jewish rapaciousness are perhaps widespread enough to justify opening with this theme. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 Buttafuoco wanted to set the record straight on some common misconceptions that have lingered over the years. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Mary Jo Buttafuoco speaks out in new documentary, says she forgives 'Long Island Lolita' Amy Fisher," 18 Aug. 2018 Carter, who made her name with the Detroit outfit Straight Ahead in the '80s and went on to a celebrated New York jazz career, said Lamar's Pulitzer may help right some misconceptions about the art of hip-hop. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Pulitzer jurist Regina Carter: Kendrick Lamar's hip-hop work 'really powerful'," 20 Apr. 2018 This involves clearing up some common misconceptions about how bankruptcy affects your credit. Barry Paperno, USA TODAY, "7 myths about bankruptcy and your credit debunked," 12 Mar. 2018 Addressing misconceptions about wheelchair racing Part of raising awareness about wheelchair racing involves educating people about the realities of the sport. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "17-Time Paralympic Medalist Tatyana McFadden on Fighting for the Rights of Athletes With Disabilities," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of misconception

1614, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misconception was in 1614

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English Language Learners Definition of misconception

: a wrong or mistaken idea

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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