a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.
an error in naming a person or thing.
- misnomer , mistake (see confusables note at the current entry)
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How to use misnomer in a sentence
The wrestling worthy accessory is a bit of a misnomer—there is no cheekily exposed skin in this full-coverage contraption.
But its title is a misnomer: The far-from-renegade Gay is a very good feminist.
The sad thing is to see this misnomer being promulgated by gays themselves.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim | Tim Teeman | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The phrase “kids for cash” is something of a misnomer, according to May.‘Kids for Cash’: Crooked Judge, Damaged Teens, and the Perils of Zero Tolerance | Ronald K. Fried | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Part of the reason for the bid-ask gap stems from the fact that calling Miramax or MGM a "studio" is a misnomer.
Yet the word vagrant is a misnomer in this city, where economy has reached a finesse that is marvelous.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
The popular term in French and English of “medicine men” is not such a misnomer as might be supposed.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
To speak of a Vee-Boer having household gods may seem a misnomer, since he never has a house.The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid
Perhaps it was a misnomer for the party in favor of a broad national construction of the Constitution.Nullification, Secession Webster's Argument and the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions | Caleb William Loring
The Atlantic Ocean is geographically a misnomer, socially and politically a dwindling superstition.America To-day, Observations and Reflections | William Archer
British Dictionary definitions for misnomer
an incorrect or unsuitable name or term for a person or thing
the act of referring to a person by the wrong name
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