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  • I’m pretty sure I don’t need to say this, but you are not Go, you might misconstrue, so I will: My sister and I have never screwed or even thought of screwing.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He sent her an invitation to a group exhibition he was part of that winter, in Miami Beach, and Mae said if she found herself dOwn that way in January, she would certainly attend, and Hector, perhaps misconstruing the level of her interest, connected her with his cousin, Natalia, who owned a bed and breakfast only forty minutes from Miami, and who could absolutely get Mae a deal if she chose to come out—her friends, too, were welcome.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Mike was backing slowly toward the door, his black eyes fixed on me with an expression of growing horror, and I realized at once that he had misconstrued what I had been saying.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • …. misconstrued?
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train

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  • Alas, she came to realize that it was this perfectly innocuous fondness, containing no romantic overtone whatever, that Nathan misconstrued, adding fuel to his seething animosity.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Don’t wait to construe—misconstrue as fast as you can.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Pray thee, take pain To allay with some cold drops of modesty Thy skipping spirit, lest through thy wild behaviour I be misconstrued in the place I go to, And lose my hopes.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • It was annoying the way Melly always misconstrued her motives—but perhaps that was far preferable to having her suspect the truth.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Explanation will do for another time," thought I. Still, when I reached my chamber, I felt a pang at the idea she should even temporarily misconstrue what she had seen.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing!
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar

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  • But on that occasion you erred, I think, misconstruing my intentions wilfully.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • It had been misconstrued.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • What was supposed to be a rainbow has become misconstrued, There was one line of kids, who each had books.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But you will not misconstrue me.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Albeit you have deserv’d High commendation, true applause, and love, Yet such is now the duke’s condition, That he misconstrues all that you have done.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • He never moved but what, if there was any danger of his conduct being misconstrued or ill-reported, he looked carefully about him and counted the cost of every inch of conspicuity.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Taft surely must have known that his remarks would be twisted and misconstrued and that his timing would raise the devil in the current campaign.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • There is no possibility of misconstruing Sir Leicester’s burning wish to see him or the desire he signifies to have the room cleared of every one but the housekeeper.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • That statement might be misconstrued as an insult.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Whenever someone had a notion to work out on me—and there were plenty of touchy characters here to catch your eye in a misconstrued way—Dingbat flew around to protect me.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • —and a few lines at the same time by the post, stating her extreme surprize at not having had the smallest reply to her last; and adding, that as silence on such a point could not be misconstrued, and as it must be equally desirable to both to have every subordinate arrangement concluded as soon as possible, she now sent me, by a safe conveyance, all my letters, and requested, that if I could not directly command hers, so as to send them to Highbury within a week, I would forward them…
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • For first, though he had sufficient foundation to flatter himself in what he had observed in Sophia, he was not yet free from doubt of misconstruing compassion, or at best, esteem, into a warmer regard.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He heard his sister’s sufferings derided, and her virtuous conduct jeered at and brutally misconstrued; he heard her name bandied from mouth to mouth, and herself made the subject of coarse and insolent wagers, free speech, and licentious jesting.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She leant back while the more earnest members of the club began to misconstrue her.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Like many people of color, he has misconstrued her name.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • 17 What will happen if Congress misconstrues the "necessary and proper" clause and exercises powers not warranted by its true meaning?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I don’t want to give him the slightest chance to think I’ve misconstrued what this meeting is about.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • He gulped slightly; he smiled to show that he was being humorous— people had been known to misconstrue the Doc’s humor.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Ludicrously, he thought it important that his tears not be misconstrued as an acceptance of the cruelty with which the universe was ruled.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • And I don’t think I’ve actually done a single thing that could’ve been misconstrued as "being after" him or anyone else for that matter.
    Melody Carlson  --  Becoming Me
  • There did he pause: but let me tell the world, If he outlive the envy of this day, England did never owe so sweet a hope, So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • She has stateliness in her manners which some misconstrue into pride and a haughtiness, but which rather results from too great reserve; she wants more affability, but she has prudence and discretion beyond her years.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • It is at least problematical, whether the decisions of this body do not, in several instances, misconstrue the limits prescribed for the legislative and executive departments, instead of reducing and limiting them within their constitutional places.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I tell you, trapper, if another Sioux is seen prowling around my camp, wherever it may be, he shall feel the contents of old Kentuck," slapping his rifle, in a manner that could not be easily misconstrued, "though he wore the medal of Washington,[*] himself.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • …consider but might find amazing if you did, how the details of contact, the eye movement and hand waves, the smiles of recognition, the catch-up lives that propel the early dialogue—how this becomes an energy that moves among the guests like a circulating angel, inspiring stories, rumors, flirtations and misconstrued remarks, basically the makings of human history, even though people don’t drink the way they used to, so you can’t say it’s the gin that makes them happy and natural.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I answer, the same thing will happen as will occur if they misconstrue or enlarge any power vested in them.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • In several instances, the Council misconstrued the constitutional limits on the legislative and executive branches, increasing rather than limiting their power.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The most undesigned word, the most accidental look, the least familiarity, the most innocent freedom, will be misconstrued, and magnified into I know not what, by some people.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • However, if I had not known what they were doing I probably would have misconstrued the action and still been no whit the wiser as to how the wolves carried home their spoils.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Now and then, specific laws may be misconstrued.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Sometimes, words meant in the utmost respect were misconstrued by overstrung relatives of the dead and scarcely were the last shovels of earth mounded above the coffin before trouble began.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If it be asked what is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part of the Constitution, and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer, the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them; as if the general power had been reduced to particulars, and any one of these were to be violated; the same, in short, as if the State legislatures should violate the irrespective constitutional authorities.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • If it be asked what is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part of the Constitution, and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer, the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them; as if the general power had been reduced to particulars, and any one of these were to be violated; the same, in short, as if the State legislatures should violate the irrespective constitutional authorities.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • ( The trader misconstrued the tenor of the discourse; but the missionary, inured by years of humorless dissertations, soon put him right.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • She misconstrued my remarks
  • Kathy wondered if her husband, who did not at that point have any gay friends or family members, might want to change the logo, to keep their message from being misconstrued.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
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