Misconception vs Misunderstand - What's the difference?

misconception | misunderstand |


As a noun misconception

is a mistaken belief, a wrong idea.

As a verb misunderstand is

to understand incorrectly, while thinking one has understood correctly.

misconception

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • a mistaken belief, a wrong idea
  • There are several common misconceptions about the theory of relativity.
    You're obviously under the misconception that I care about your problems.
    He thought that a misconception meant becoming pregnant with a girl.

    misunderstand

    English

    Verb

  • To understand incorrectly, while thinking one has understood correctly.