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verb (used with or without object), mis·de·scribed, mis·de·scrib·ing.
  1. to describe incorrectly or falsely.
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Origin of misdescribe

First recorded in 1820–30; mis-1 + describe
Related formsmis·de·scrip·tion [mis-di-skrip-shuh n] /ˌmɪs dɪˈskrɪp ʃən/, nounmis·de·scrip·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for misdescription

Historical Examples

  • But to speak of it as a tale from the German, or even after the German, is to be guilty of a misdescription.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. I (of 2)

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • The Battalion bore itself well and earned recital, albeit with some misdescription, in the English press a few days later.

  • Nor does misdescription of the note vitiate the notice unless the party to whom the notice is given is in fact misled thereby.

  • The very heading of the Bill is a misdescription, and involves confusion of ideas.

  • Hence the misdescription of the treble and bass clefs as “immovable,” the C clef as “movable.”

    How to Write Music

    Clement A. Harris