misunderstood

adjective
mis·​un·​der·​stood | \ (ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstu̇d How to pronounce misunderstood (audio) \

Definition of misunderstood

1 : wrongly or imperfectly understood a misunderstood question Mondegreens are misunderstood lyrics, and when we asked our readers for their favorites, not surprisingly the most familiar ones got multiple votes.— Dave Tianen
2 : not sympathetically appreciated [Shorty] Rossi has become a name in the animal rescue community for his fierce advocacy for the interests of the pit bull, which he sees as a misunderstood breed.Publisher's Weekly He speaks proudly and protectively of his two directing efforts as if they were beloved but misunderstood children, and he's touchingly eager to explain their unappreciated virtues.— Ron Rosenbaum

First Known Use of misunderstood

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misunderstood was in 1583

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“Misunderstood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misunderstood. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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misunderstood

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English Language Learners Definition of misunderstood

: thought of incorrectly : not understood

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