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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The common misconception that this unique skill can’t be taught is shattered in this 10.5-hour course, which is led by New York Times best-selling business author Michael Port and seasoned actress Amy Port. Popular Mechanics, "How to Get a Great Job in 2019 with These 5 Skills," 14 Jan. 2019 The biggest misconception is that Drake is the only thing Toronto has going for itself. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 What is the biggest misconception people have about protest movements? Sean Illing, Vox, "How to protest Trump," 8 Nov. 2018 Reynolds emphasizes that the biggest misconception of the midterm elections is that people think their vote doesn't matter, which is completely untrue. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Midterm Elections Can Be Confusing—Here's What You Need to Know About Them," 19 Sep. 2018 There might be a bit of a misconception out there about Williams, who's quick to post videos of himself working out alone on his social media accounts and sometimes carries himself with a swagger on the floor that borders on unnecessarily cocky. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "Kam Williams' NCAA Tournament moment, a stage he's perfectly suited for, sends Ohio State to the second round," 15 Mar. 2018 But there are also a lot of myths and misconceptions about bipolar disorder. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "12 Ways to Show Up for a Friend With Bipolar Disorder," 20 Dec. 2018 Scott also took a moment to address the misconceptions about his famous girlfriend in the Rolling Stone interview. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Travis Scott Says He and Kylie Jenner Will "Get Married Soon"," 20 Dec. 2018 But this apparent line of thinking betrays a popular misconception about upending the power imbalance between the sexes: that simply choosing a woman—any woman—for a big job is a sign of progress. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "No, Gina Haspel Running the CIA Would Not Be a Win for Women," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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