- mistakenly applied; used wrongly.
Origin of misapplied
- to make a wrong application or use of.
Origin of misapply
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Examples from the Web for misapplied
Of all the misused words in the lexicon of punditocracy, “courageous” is easily the word most often misapplied.Pawlenty's Uncourageous Stand Against Ethanol
May 24, 2011
Could it be that Burleigh stood in need of all this money to cover other sums that he had misapplied?Warrior Gap
Bitter is a tax, particularly if misapplied; a rate, particularly if embezzled.The Young Duke
The truth of the Greeks was mistaken by the pseudo-classicists and misapplied.The Gate of Appreciation
In short, the bill seems to have been a model of misapplied benevolence.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- to apply wrongly or badly
- another word for misappropriate