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

Examples of misconception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hanizeski said it’s a common misconception that police dogs are mean since they are often just seen in action with a gravelly growl and teeth bared. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2022 So here’s the interesting thing: Your question contains a misconception. David Marchesephoto Illustation By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 There is a widespread, albeit incorrect, misconception that remote workers are lazy and prone to slacking off. Allbusiness, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 First, and probably the most obvious misconception: Everyone who works in cannabis is a slightly dazed stoner. Mike Weinberger, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 There is a huge misconception that wine price correlates to quality. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 18 Dec. 2021 Ebersole said it’s a common misconception that the large Ice Age creatures were hunted to extinction by early humans. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 14 Dec. 2021 Landscapers specializing in Japanese garden aesthetics say one persistent misconception is that these gardens are low-maintenance or even maintenance free. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2021 There's a misconception that the solution to climate change is buying a Tesla. CBS News, 21 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of misconception

1614, in the meaning defined above

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“Misconception.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misconception. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of misconception

: a wrong or mistaken idea

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