Etymology
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misunderstanding (n.)

"want of understanding, mistake as to the meaning of something," mid-15c., misunderstonding, verbal noun from misunderstand.

When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood .... [Lionel Trilling, "Art and Fortune," 1948]

Meaning "dissension, a disagreement, a quarrel" is recorded by 1640s.

updated on August 16, 2020

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Definitions of misunderstanding from WordNet

misunderstanding (n.)
putting the wrong interpretation on;
Synonyms: misinterpretation / mistaking
misunderstanding (n.)
an understanding of something that is not correct;
there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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