misconstruction

noun mis·con·struc·tion \ ˌmis-kən-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of misconstruction

plural misconstructions
1 : a wrong interpretation (as of words, intentions, or actions) : an act or instance of misconstruing something
  • a complete misconstruction of my words
2 : a bad or wrong construction
  • Catachresis … is a striking, even extreme, implied metaphor that often makes use of a grammatical misconstruction.
  • —Robert A. Harris

First Known Use of misconstruction

circa 1535

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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