misunderstood misunderstood  /ˌmɪs ən dər ˈstʊd/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) interpret in the wrong way
  2. (adj) wrongly understood

Usage(s):

  1. Big Fish is rooted in a conflicted adult world, and for the first time in a Tim Burton film, it is the parent not the child who is whimsical and misunderstood.
  2. Turns out he was just misunderstood.
  3. It is a measure of how sorely his achievements are misunderstood that most of them are located in black neighborhoods.

News

  1. The tech behind Kinect and how it will control your living room

    (Credit: Josh Miller/CNET) LOS ANGELES -- At first I thought I had misunderstood him, so I made sure to reply slowly. "So you're saying Kinect is going to blast IR signals at your living room, and they're going to reflect off walls and stuff and bounce back to control all of your devices?" "That's correct," Marc Whitten said. "Whoa," I replied. "Kinect has a really powerful management of that ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CNET

  2. NSA leaker hunkers down in Hong Kong -- for now

    Self-identified NSA leaker Edward Snowden broke the low profile he has kept since passing details of two classified American government surveillance programs to reporters, saying he is “neither traitor nor hero” in an interview with the South China Morning Post.“People who think I made a mistake in picking [Hong Kong] as a location misunderstood my intentions,” Snowden told the paper. “I am not ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  3. Theater review: 'We Are Proud to Present' and a time of genocide

    In Jackie Sibblies Drury's play at the Matrix Theatre Company, the depiction of a tragic period in African history is at issue. Theodor Adorno's oft-quoted, much misunderstood remark, "It is barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz," raises questions about the ability of artists to represent the Holocaust. How can the cultural tools that were complicit in genocide comment on its barbarity?        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

Quotes

  1. "I feel that I need to do the right thing here and apologize for having told that joke," Letterman said. "It's not your fault that it was misunderstood. It's my fault that it was misunderstood."
    on Jun 16, 2009 By: David Letterman Source: ABC News

  2. "We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam," said Hagel, a combat veteran of that war. "Honorable intentions are not policies and plans."
    on Nov 25, 2006 By: Chuck Hagel Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I think it was pretty clear that I (misunderstood) the likely consequence of appearing on camera," Nifong said. "Certainly what I was trying to do was to reassure the community, to encourage people with information to come forward. And that...
    on Oct 30, 2006 By: Mike Nifong Source: WVEC.com (subscription)

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