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verb (used with object), mis·ap·plied, mis·ap·ply·ing.
  1. to make a wrong application or use of.
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Origin of misapply

First recorded in 1565–75; mis-1 + apply
Related formsmis·ap·pli·ca·tion [mis-ap-li-key-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, nounmis·ap·pli·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The misapplication of English words by foreigners is often very ludicrous.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;


  • I felt all the time that it was a misapplication of the human voice.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • The misapplication of the reasoning powers is the same in both.

  • This misapplication of terms must be very often perplexing to the young student.

  • It is a misapplication of his powers, which it also cripples, and teases away his hearers.

British Dictionary definitions for misapplication


verb -plies, -plying or -plied (tr)
  1. to apply wrongly or badly
  2. another word for misappropriate
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Derived Formsmisapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for misapplication


c.1600, from mis- (1) + application.

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