misconstruction

noun
mis·​con·​struc·​tion | \ ˌmis-kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce misconstruction (audio) \
plural misconstructions

Definition of misconstruction

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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“Misconstruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misconstruction. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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