mis·​quo·​ta·​tion | \ ˌmis-kwō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce misquotation (audio) also -kō- \
plural misquotations

Definition of misquotation

: 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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“Misquotation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misquotation. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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