mistakenly applied; used wrongly.

Origin of misapplied

First recorded in 1620–30; mis-1 + applied



verb (used with object), mis·ap·plied, mis·ap·ply·ing.

to make a wrong application or use of.

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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Related Words for misapplied

embezzle, misappropriate, pervert, steal, defalcate, misemploy

Examples from the Web for misapplied

Contemporary Examples of misapplied

Historical Examples of misapplied

  • Could it be that Burleigh stood in need of all this money to cover other sums that he had misapplied?

    Warrior Gap

    Charles King

  • Bitter is a tax, particularly if misapplied; a rate, particularly if embezzled.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The truth of the Greeks was mistaken by the pseudo-classicists and misapplied.

  • In short, the bill seems to have been a model of misapplied benevolence.

  • A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for misapplied


verb -plies, -plying or -plied (tr)

to apply wrongly or badly
another word for misappropriate
Derived Formsmisapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
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