miscomprehend


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miscomprehend

(ˌmɪskɒmprɪˈhɛnd)
vb (tr)
to get the wrong idea about; misunderstand
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Forty-plus years later, an equally massive generation gap is at work, this time with boomers playing the role of angry, uncomprehending parents who rarely miss an opportunity to hector or grossly miscomprehend their children.
105) By assessing confinement as a penalty for noncompliance with "recommended" treatment, the legislature seems to miscomprehend the very nature of a "recommendation.
3) When gay and lesbian professors so miscomprehend the prose of contemporary historians whom they adulate, how will they fare when encountering the language of Shakespeare?
By the end of the play, both figures carry a difficult ethical burden that, to them, most people miscomprehend.
Individuals with low knowledge of a topic have difficulty placing information in context and often can miscomprehend information.
That is, just as Coverdale's "spheres and sympathies" failed to measure the modern world, the empirical metaphors we draw from Newtonian physics to describe social actions--"having an impact on someone," for instance--may miscomprehend a postmodern existence determined by "probability" and "uncertainty.
It's not that we can't comprehend consciousness, it's that we are wired to miscomprehend it.
A study of advertising comprehension by Jacoby and Hoyer (1982) identifies a U-shaped curve where both younger and older individuals tend to miscomprehend communications to a greater degree.