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miscall

[mis-kawl] /mɪsˈkɔl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to call by a wrong name.
Origin of miscall
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mis-1, call
Related forms
miscaller, noun
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Examples from the Web for miscall
Historical Examples
  • I know every shade and tint of that blessed thing they miscall the tender passion.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • Why, then, does he miscall the King, and eat the King's bread?

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • But thar--he's the best man that ever was, when he's here, and I have no wish to miscall him.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • Their souls are like their bodies, hidden by the rags, foul with the dirt of what we miscall civilisation.

  • I'm not writing for those parties who miscall themselves critics, and I don't care to have them paw the book at all.

  • No end of people whose skins are dull and characterless modifications of the tint which we miscall white.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Read and spell aright all the words and syllables in the visitation, and miscall neither letter nor syllable in it.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • Yet the man they miscall ghazi sought but the key to Khinjan Caves, with no thought at all about Heaven!

  • Tell him,” said the girl with her eyes still closed, “to not miscall things; no one is all virtue.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • They read more slowly, more often misplace the emphasis, and miscall more words.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for miscall

miscall

/ˌmɪsˈkɔːl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to call by the wrong name
2.
(dialect) to abuse or malign
Derived Forms
miscaller, noun
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Word Origin and History for miscall
v.

mid-15c., from mis- (1) + call (v.). Related: Miscalled; miscalling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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