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verb (used with or without object), mis·pro·nounced, mis·pro·nounc·ing.
  1. to pronounce incorrectly.
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Origin of mispronounce

First recorded in 1585–95; mis-1 + pronounce
Related formsmis·pro·nounc·er, nounmis·pro·nun·ci·a·tion [mis-pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs prəˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən/, noun
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  1. to pronounce (a word) wrongly
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Derived Formsmispronunciation (ˌmɪsprəˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for mispronounce


1590s, from mis- (1) + pronounce. Related: Mispronounced; mispronouncing.

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