mistakenly applied; used wrongly.
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How to use misapplied in a sentence
Of all the misused words in the lexicon of punditocracy, “courageous” is easily the word most often misapplied.
The biological doctrine of evolution was misinterpreted and misapplied to social policy.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Eric learned a great deal of harm from Upton, and the misapplied hero-worship led to bad results.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
Could it be that Burleigh stood in need of all this money to cover other sums that he had misapplied?Warrior Gap | Charles King
Your money may be ill spent, your charity misapplied, but your piety never.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3) | Theodore Parker
Drawing of blood was first invented for good and salutary purposes, although often abused and misapplied.The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher | Anonymous