misquotation

noun mis·quo·ta·tion \ ˌmis-kwō-ˈtā-shən also -kō- \

Definition of misquotation

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

First Known Use of misquotation

1608

in the meaning defined above

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