mis·con·cep·tion | \ˌmis-kən-ˈsep-shən \
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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And Yale President Peter Salovey stressed that any notions that universities reap the benefits of public funding while failing to reinvest it in society are a misconception. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Should America’s Universities Stop Taking So Many International Students?," 28 June 2018 There is, however, a big misconception that natural hair is bouncy, curly, flowy hair. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind," 20 June 2018 There has been a misconception over the past half-decade that Popovich, general manager R.C. Buford and the Spurs have been content to focus on keeping their nucleus together instead of shaking things up. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Pop, Spurs have plenty on this summer’s menu from Kawhi to LeBron," 11 June 2018 Often there is a misconception that mosquitoes are more active during a particular time of day. Gabriela Moraru, M.d., miamiherald, "Summer is coming. Are you ready for the bugs?," 4 June 2018 The emphasis only on memory is a huge misconception. Katie Skvarce, azcentral, "Voices of Alzheimer's," 25 May 2018 The misconception stems from the fact that most medications for treating addiction, like Suboxone and methadone, are opioid-based. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "You’re Not Clean Until You’re 110% Clean," 9 July 2018 Lakhani’s language doesn’t quite square with the quotes of a woman who speaks of the tired misconceptions that get stuck to Indian food. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 As for here at home, the cutoff would only exacerbate the entrenched misconception that Europeans brought modernism to a New World that was in fact a hotbed of culture and innovation long before Cortes and Columbus walked the earth. Chris Wilson, Time, "Jesus, Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc Are Just Some of the Major Figures That Could Be Cut From AP World History Classes," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of misconception

1614, in the meaning defined above

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