Usage examples for misconstrue

  1. And, lest he might misconstrue her remark, she avoided his eyes. – A Modern Chronicle, Volume 6 by Winston Churchill
  2. Of course we all laughed at her, and said there wasn't a woman in the whole layout, 'ceptin' some folks might misconstrue Annie here into a kind of a female. – Pardners by Rex Beach
  3. Of course, she added, sensitively afraid that the other might misconstrue her meaning, I know you believed what you were saying, and that you only said it out of kindness to me. – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
  4. We would much rather he should be obliged to feel, indirectly, what our opinions and sensations are, than learn them from any formal address, which he is so liable to misconstrue. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  5. Misconstrue not my meaning; doubt it not, nor expose it. – The True George Washington [10th Ed.] by Paul Leicester Ford
  6. And this fact, with his personal enthusiasm for certain Greek plays, leads the reader of the Aesthetik to misconstrue him. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  7. " Miss Harlowe," replied Henry Hammond between his teeth, " you are an insolent, ill- bred young woman, and it is plain to be seen that you are determined to misconstrue my every action and incur my enmity. – Grace Harlowe's Senior Year at High School or The Parting of the Ways by Jessie Graham Flower
  8. Yes- there were phrases in it that a wounded suspicious heart might misconstrue.... – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  9. You must not misconstrue my silences, but thank me for them all, as a true homage to your diligence which I love to defend... – The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol II. by Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. " If General von Leuthen's daughter were rich, or even moderately well off, I never would have presumed to address your majesty on the subject, for fear that you might misconstrue my intentions, and suppose that my love was inspired by self- interest. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  11. The thrust was so unexpected, unmistakable in its meaning, that Christian, in her startled surprise, said the very worst thing she could have said to the malicious ears which were held open to every thing and eager to misconstrue every thing, " Who told you that?" – Christian's Mistake by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
  12. If a butterfly, endowed with language to express the beauties of the broad summer landscape, the soft winds, the melting clouds, the fragrance and nectar of flowers, should return to the old bitter herbage, where its hairy, uncouth relatives were feeding on acrid leaves, and spreading its brilliant wings to catch the sunlight, should attempt to relate the wonders of the life that was its own, how little would they understand, how sadly would they misconstrue his meaning. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  13. This simple woman no sooner heard her husband had been obliged to her guest than her eyes sparkled on him with a benevolance which is an emanation from the heart, and of which great and noble minds, whose hearts never dwell but with an injury, can have no very adequate idea; it is therefore no wonder that our hero should misconstrue, as he did, the poor, innocent, and ample affection of Mrs. Heartfree towards her husband's friend, for that great and generous passion, which fires the eyes of a modern heroine, when the colonel is so kind as to indulge his city creditor with partaking of his table to- day, and of his bed tomorrow. – The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding
  14. He's quite capable of carrying tales to Billy that might lead him to misconstrue your attitude. – The Monk of Hambleton by Armstrong Livingston
  15. I did not think for a second how you might misconstrue my behaviour, although- although I could see it all afterwards. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  16. I mean to say, the creature had advertised my acquaintance with his owner in a way that would lead base minds to misconstrue its extent. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  17. " You must not misconstrue my words," Clark quickly added; " I simply mean that men will not rightly understand you. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  18. Oh, Ernest, were I what I was, in health, in pride, I might fear that, generous as you are, you would misconstrue my appeal; but that is now impossible. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  19. She guessed that Prince Vanno had hinted at the truth in order that she should not misconstrue Mary's actions. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson