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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Teenagers also share adults' questions and misconceptions about the ways the world is warming. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most teens are frightened by climate change, poll shows," 13 Sep. 2019 Unravelling these riddles will be difficult and will inevitably beget misconception and controversy. The Economist, "A scientific study has established that there is no “gay gene”," 31 Aug. 2019 Support return-to-work transitions for employees in recovery Addiction carries many misconceptions and stigmas. Ann D. Clark, Quartz at Work, "How to manage opioid addiction in the workplace," 6 Aug. 2019 Another misconception was where the AI image processing takes place after users upload photos, Goncharov said. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "FaceApp’s Russia Link Is the Latest Alarm in an Ongoing Digital Red Scare," 23 July 2019 NEW YORK The popular misconception was that the party was over, simply because all the glitter was swept from the streets, the last of feathers had fallen from the boas, and the rainbow balloons were deflated. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "The parade is over, but the party continues. Celebrating 50 years of Pride in New York," 23 July 2019 Both Nowlin and Herzberg, who is a part-time coach at Urban Axes, said the most common misconception is that power is a must. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "As ax-throwing surges in popularity, Urban Open tournament returns to Baltimore," 19 July 2019 Weather: 9 tornadoes could be sign of what's to come Another common misconception is that the National Weather Service decides when to set off the sirens. Justice Amick, Indianapolis Star, "How Indiana counties decide when to sound tornado sirens," 16 June 2019 The largest misconception is that Lady Gaga is a persona or a character. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Plot Against Persona," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of misconception

1614, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of misconception

: a wrong or mistaken idea

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