misquotation

noun

mis·​quo·​ta·​tion ˌmis-kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce misquotation (audio)
 also  -kō-
plural misquotations
: the act or an instance of quoting something or someone incorrectly
In the book, Mr. Sullivan offers 10 common "mechanisms" that he says lead to misquotation and incorrect attribution.Niraj Chokshi
: an incorrect quotation
"Play it again, Sam" is a famous misquotation. Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund, tells piano player Sam (Dooley Wilson): "Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By."Jeffrey Sheban

Examples of misquotation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Education Secretary Miguel Cardona’s misquotation (Notable & Quotable, Nov. 29) brings to mind the advice my father gave me. WSJ, 3 Dec. 2023 The fact-check flagged a misquotation that should have been rendered as a paraphrase. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1608, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misquotation was in 1608

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Cite this Entry

“Misquotation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misquotation. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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