misnomer


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mis·no·mer

 (mĭs-nō′mər)
n.
1. An error in naming a person or place.
2.
a. Application of a wrong name.
b. A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or object.

[Middle English misnoumer, from Old French mesnomer, to misname : mes-, wrongly; see mis-1 + nommer, to name (from Latin nōmināre, from nōmen, name; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots).]

mis·no′mered adj.

misnomer

(ˌmɪsˈnəʊmə)
n
1. an incorrect or unsuitable name or term for a person or thing
2. the act of referring to a person by the wrong name
[C15: via Anglo-Norman from Old French mesnommer to misname, from Latin nōmināre to call by name]

mis•no•mer

(mɪsˈnoʊ mər)

n.
1. a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.
2. an error in naming a person or thing.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Anglo-French, n. use of Middle French mesnomer to misname]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misnomer - an incorrect or unsuitable name
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
Translations
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névhibatévedés

misnomer

[ˌmɪsˈnəʊməʳ] Nnombre m equivocado or inapropiado
that is a misnomerese nombre es impropio

misnomer

[ˌmɪsˈnəʊmər] nterme m impropre
to be a misnomer (= an incorrect description) → être un terme impropre

misnomer

misnomer

[ˌmɪsˈnəʊməʳ] n to call her a cook is a misnomernon si può certo definirla una cuoca
References in classic literature ?
They deal, to be sure, with the office of Criticism and the art of Fiction, and so far their present name is not a misnomer. It follows them from an earlier date and could not easily be changed, and it may serve to recall to an elder generation than this the time when their author was breaking so many lances in the great, forgotten war between Realism and Romanticism that the floor of the "Editor's Study" in Harper's Magazine was strewn with the embattled splinters.
Thof Squire Dickon “—this was a common misnomer with Benjamin—” is a nice gentleman, and as good a man to sail with as heart could wish, yet I shall tel the squire, d’ye see, in plain English, and that’s my native tongue, that if-so-be he is thinking of putting any Johnny Raw over my head, why, I shall resign.
I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels.
Though the leading index is something of a misnomer, the data continue to support the view that the economy is pretty solid.
WE OFTEN hear the Grand National referred to as the people's race, but I think this has become a misnomer due to the fact we now have one owner running seven horses in this year's race.
However, the term new cold war is a misnomer to describe the present day relationship between USA and China.
Despite the court's exploration of common misnomer and tolling issues, the ruling comes not in a published opinion but in a nine-page unpublished order.
The term 'cold war' is a misnomer to describe the present day relationship between the United States and China.
Revelations It is sadly pathos inducing stuff The misnomer known as love Used mainly by herself as she's The most deadly of her species Misquoted love is actually lust To the cost of loyalty and trust Love is also known as passion Hence subject to the bedroom ration Unknown until the knot is tied Nagged in silence both allied A sure way to inhibit speech Not exactly a day on the beach I now present undeniable proof Love is merely a comic spoof The distaff side's ruthlessness Hence man's eternal blind guess But that is not the final conclusion Love's a social enigmatic illusion It's also a veritable tragedy Hidden deep in its own majesty I think my theory stands as viable In fact I'd swear to it on a bible.
Media people should first educate themselves with regard to any matter and situation priorily to avoid any misnomer which has been cited above to avoid any embarrassment and being dubbed as the ignorant ones instead the well-informed people.
Hence, the phrase safe standing is a misnomer and if clubs can afford, wish or even dare to risk putting such areas in place, there is no reason whatsoever that they cannot also take the cost borne by Council Tax payers off their hands and on to the club's books.
Within a century the Liberal Party "the greatest misnomer in modern political life" will be hell bent on handing over ultimate power to an unelected alien junta.