- Misconstrued verb– to fail to understand the true or actual meaning of via Merriam-Webster.com
- Misconstrued in the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charotte Perkins Gilman, page 69, paragraph 7, sentence 2.
- “Besides I wouldn’t do it. Of course not. I know well enough that a step like that is improper and might be misconstrued”
- When this term is used, the narrator is tearing the wall paper off the wall, and describing how angry she is. She’s so angry at that time that she contemplates jumping out the window, but tells herself that would be improper and misconstrued.