[ verb ] interpret in the wrong way


"Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism" "She misconstrued my remarks"

Used in print

(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)

Again , I at_first misconstrued this disconcertingly intense communication , and I quickly cast through my mind to account_for her being able to speak , with such utter conviction , of an opinion held by my father , now several years deceased .