misrepresent

misrepresent
nisrepresent, falsify, belie, garble mean to present or represent something in a manner that is contrary to the truth.
Misrepresent usually implies an intent to represent or portray falsely, and therefore may take as its subject not only a person or his utterance but also such things as an organization, a political platform, or a cartoon; it often carries a suggestion of deliberate lying, but it may suggest bias or prejudice or a desire to do injustice
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misrepresent a candidate's statement

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misrepresent the value of an article

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the account misrepresents not only his actions but his motives

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Falsify implies a perversion of the truth, either by deliberately altering the facts in whole or in part
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falsify bookkeeping records

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falsified her account of the accident

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or by giving something an appearance that does not accord with the truth or reality
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falsify the meaning of a document by an incorrect translation

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good breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart— Steele

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a low-priced sunglass lens said to be completely effective without falsifying the colors seen through it— Newsweek

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Belie implies an impression given that contradicts or is at variance with the truth or the facts; it usually takes as its subject an appearance, a manner, or a form of speech, and lacks the implication of intent that is usually present in the preceding words
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his confident words were belied by his anxious look

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a brusque manner that belies a real kindness of heart

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you are an Englishman . . . unless your physiognomy belies you— Kingsley

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Garble implies a mutilation or distortion of statements, testimony, evidence, or messages that need not be deliberate but that creates a wrong impression of the original and frequently gravely alters its tone or implications
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the newspapers have sadly garbled the account of his speech

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by the time the story had passed from mouth to mouth until it reached him again, it was so garbled that its original form was barely recognizable

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the manufacture and dissemination of propaganda literature, for the purpose of rousing the passions of the people by garbled statements— Inge

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Analogous words: *disguise, dissemble, cloak, mask, camouflage: simulate, counterfeit, feign (see ASSUME): *lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter

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  • misrepresent — mis·rep·re·sent /mis ˌre pri zent/ vt: to make a misrepresentation about vi: to make a misrepresentation mis·rep·re·sen·ta·tive / ˌre pri zen tə tiv/ adj mis·rep·re·sen·ter n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • misrepresent — mis‧rep‧re‧sent [ˌmɪsreprɪˈzent] verb [transitive] LAW to deliberately give false information to someone, especially in order to persuade them to enter into a contract: • He was found guilty of misrepresenting the true position of his accounts. * …   Financial and business terms

  • Misrepresent — Mis*rep re*sent , v. t. To represent incorrectly (almost always, unfavorably); to give a false or erroneous representation of, either maliciously, ignorantly, or carelessly. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Misrepresent — Mis*rep re*sent , v. i. To make an incorrect or untrue representation. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misrepresent — (v.) 1640s, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + REPRESENT (Cf. represent). Related: Misrepresented; misrepresenting …   Etymology dictionary

  • misrepresent — / misquote [v] lie, distort adulterate, angle, beard*, belie, build up, cloak, color, con, confuse, cover up, disguise, distort, dress, embellish, embroider, equivocate, exaggerate, falsify, garble, give snow job*, mangle, mask, miscolor,… …   New thesaurus

  • misrepresent — ► VERB ▪ give a false or misleading account of. DERIVATIVES misrepresentation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • misrepresent — [mis΄rep rē zent′] vt. 1. to represent falsely; give an untrue or misleading idea of 2. to be an improper or bad representative of misrepresentation n …   English World dictionary

  • misrepresent — UK [ˌmɪsreprɪˈzent] / US [ˌmɪsreprəˈzent] verb [transitive] Word forms misrepresent : present tense I/you/we/they misrepresent he/she/it misrepresents present participle misrepresenting past tense misrepresented past participle misrepresented to… …   English dictionary

  • misrepresent — misrepresentation, n. misrepresentative, adj. misrepresenter, n. /mis rep ri zent /, v.t. 1. to represent incorrectly, improperly, or falsely. 2. to represent in an unsatisfactory manner. [1640 50; MIS 1 + REPRESENT] Syn. MISREPRESENT, DISTORT …   Universalium

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