• WordNet 3.6
    • v misapply apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly "The words are misapplied in this context","You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Misapply To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose; as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply public money.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misapply To make an erroneous application of; apply or dispose of wrongly: as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply one's talents or exertions; to misapply public money.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misapply mis-ap-plī′ to apply wrongly: to use for a wrong purpose
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In literature:

But in this instance it is entirely misapplied.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Yet among such old-world stories there are germs of truth although misapplied.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
And once more he misapplied her confusion.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Gillray was a man of vast, but misapplied talents.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
But neither can this circumstance be alleged as in itself disparaging to the doctrines thus misapplied.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
And, even so, he continually misapplies it.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The carpenter who misapplies his formulae for the strength of materials, builds a house which falls down.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
Better be without sense, than misapply it as you do.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine

In poetry:

We saw his great powers misapplied
To poor ambitions; yet, through all,
We saw him take the weaker side,
And right the wronged, and free the thrall.
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She speaks; 'tis Eloquence—that grace of Tongue
So rare, so lovely!—Never misapplied
By her to palliate Vice, or deck a Wrong,
She speaks and reasons but on Virtue's side.
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
But here again a danger lies,
Lest, having misapplied our eyes,
And taken trash for treasure,
We should unwarily conclude
Friendship a false ideal good,
A mere Utopian pleasure.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
So soon he fell, there lie unfinished plans
By others misapplied, misunderstood;
And doors are barred that wait the master-key--
That wait his magic Open Sesame!--
To that assertive power that commands
The multitude.
"The Student Gone" by Hattie Howard
Yet still we madly venture in, To gorge ourselves on filth and sin,
Not thinking of our reck'ning or our doom:
We still our talents misapply,
And ev'ry passion gratify;
Let death and vengeance come, when they will come.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A Dallas ISD investigation has found that the district misapplied federal funds for low-income children by using the money on coaches who didn't fulfill their full-time teaching duties.
Most programmers need clean output that will run in CNCs without modification—and if misapplied, some of these parametric programming applications can really gum up the works.
Or Are California Courts Misapplying The Supreme Court's Punitive Damages Analysis.
Kessler's view, that Romney was correct and that Crowley's fact- checking was misapplied, was disputed by another high-profile fact- checker .
Used to denote distinct, independent procedural services performed on the same day, modifier 59 is commonly misapplied.
Romney chides Obama for "misapplied", " misunderstood " American values in US foreign policy.
Or Are California Courts Misapplying The Supreme Court's Punitive Damages Analysis.
The Tea Party does not have a monopoly on misunderstanding or misapplying the supreme law of our country — the Constitution.

In science:

We return to the issue of entanglement in Section 4 where we find that it is misinterpreted and misapplied.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information: Are They Related to Quantum Paradoxology?
Wolf et al. misapply both Schiff ’s conjecture and the results of their own analysis when they conclude that atom interferometers are tests of the weak equivalence principle which only become redshift tests if Schiff ’s conjecture is invalid.
Comment on: "Does an atom interferometer test the gravitational redshift at the Compton frequency?"
Many of these reservations are essentially with the hypotheses to the theorem and suggest that Birnbaum’s theorem should be rejected because the hypotheses are either not acceptable or have been misapplied.
What does the proof of Birnbaum's theorem prove?