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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Examples of misconception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other scholars trace the relationship’s origin to the misconception that mummies contained bitumen, a substance long associated with healing in the ancient world. National Geographic, "Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries," 10 Dec. 2019 That delay echoes an industrywide concern based chiefly on misconceptions about African music. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Pushing the Boundaries of African Pop," 26 July 2019 This is legally dubious, especially since the commission is basing its authority to impose the surcharge on the misconception that texting is a telecommunications service. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s New Tax on Texting," 14 Dec. 2018 One big misconception is that Kerr will decide when Curry comes back this season. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors mailbag: D’Angelo Russell for Ben Simmons? Why play Stephen Curry?," 22 Jan. 2020 Clearing up this misconception is important, at least to one pro-woman Twitter user, who wanted to make sure everybody on social media knew the truth. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "Who Runs the Sleigh? Girls! Science Says Santa's Reindeer Are Actually All Female," 23 Dec. 2019 But clarifying this misconception is necessary to prevent misunderstanding and minimization of addiction. SELF, "Here’s What I Tell My Patients Who Are Worried About ‘Antidepressant Withdrawal’," 18 Nov. 2019 Several members said one big misconception of life in the house is how monotonous some days can be. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?," 15 Nov. 2019 One misconception is that an eating disorder is simply a lifestyle choice. Mayo Clinic News Network, chicagotribune.com, "Eating disorders can affect people of all ages," 18 Oct. 2019

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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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=misco2s3. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of misconception

: a wrong or mistaken idea

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