misnomer

Part of speech: noun

A name wrongly applied or inapplicable.

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Usage examples "misnomer":

  1. It is customary in Europe to call all Americans, Yankees; but it is as much a misnomer as it would be to call all Europeans Frenchmen. - "The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete", Thomas Chandler Haliburton.
  2. Published in New York, August 1775." The 1795 edition changed the title to " The Misnomer." - "The Poems of Philip Freneau, Volume I (of III)", Philip Freneau.
  3. Unfortunate wretches bear them unto us; yet we dare not make them our own; we blast their lives for selfish ends, yield them to others, shield ourselves by a misnomer called right! - "Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter", F. Colburn Adams.