Origin of misnomer
Examples from the Web for misnomer
The wrestling worthy accessory is a bit of a misnomer—there is no cheekily exposed skin in this full-coverage contraption.
The phrase “kids for cash” is something of a misnomer, according to May.‘Kids for Cash’: Crooked Judge, Damaged Teens, and the Perils of Zero Tolerance|Ronald K. Fried|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Part of the reason for the bid-ask gap stems from the fact that calling Miramax or MGM a "studio" is a misnomer.
The name of secession claimed by the South for this movement is a misnomer.North America, Volume II (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
To me it seems a misnomer to name a river from a branch which is so dissimilar.Mary and I|Stephen Return Riggs
A certain degree of inequality--though we cannot lay down the limitation--makes "friendship" a misnomer.
This very term, Medical Jurisprudence, as now used in colleges, is generally acknowledged to be a misnomer.Moral Principles and Medical Practice|Charles Coppens
But even that is a misnomer, the true sycamore, mentioned in Holy Writ, being a fig-tree (Ficus sycamorus).Trees. A Woodland Notebook|Herbert Maxwell
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Word Origin for misnomer
Word Origin and History for misnomer
mid-15c., "mistaken identification of an accused or convicted person," from Anglo-French, Old French mesnomer "to misname, wrongly name," noun use of infinitive, from mes- "wrongly" (see mis- (2)) + nomer "to name," from Latin nominare "nominate" (see nominate). For noun use of French infinitives, cf. waiver.