mis·​im·​pres·​sion ˌmi-sim-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce misimpression (audio)
: a mistaken impression

Examples of misimpression in a Sentence

she was under the misimpression that the class was for beginners, but it was actually for advanced students
Recent Examples on the Web Revealing unverified or incomplete information could hurt investigations, prejudice prosecutions, violate privacy or create misimpressions, according to the agency. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 5 June 2023 For roughly four hours, the hearing played out as a fusillade of statistics, impressions and misimpressions, as Republicans argued that New York was a hellscape of unchecked violence and chaos — viral videos of which were shown on local news programs around the country to to prove it. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Sooner or later someone will come up with a reliable estimate of how many tens of thousands of people died because of a totally false sense of security about the efficacy of masks, a misimpression created in part by the suppression of information about their dubious efficacy. Mario Loyola, National Review, 29 July 2021 The first figure makes clear as a descriptive matter the reason for our misimpression. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 10 Sep. 2010 Susan Moss suspects this is a misimpression of prestige. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 Surveys creating the misimpression of a red wave proved particularly useful to right-wing media outlets. Steve Eder, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 There's an intelligible structure to the misimpression. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2011 When their relationship ends, Roland is burdened with a terrible misimpression of his moral culpability and a fractured sense of his personal efficacy. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misimpression was in 1670

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“Misimpression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misimpression. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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