• WordNet 3.6
    • n misapplication the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
    • n misapplication wrong use or application
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Misapplication A wrong application.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misapplication A wrong or false application or purpose.
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In literature:

Strange that their very elevation was a misapplication, that to raise seemed to falsify.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
The misapplication of public money has become the great crime of the age.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
This misapplication of terms must be very often perplexing to the young student.
"Seven Discourses on Art" by Joshua Reynolds
By a sorry but unconscious misapplication of sound and wide reasoning did the active mind of Ethelberta thus find itself a solace.
"The Hand of Ethelberta" by Thomas Hardy
The greatest blunders are almost always perpetrated through the misapplication of good rules.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
Children grow up weakly not from lack of energy, but because of a waste and misapplication of it.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
They also insisted much on the misapplication of public money by the British ministry.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
Errors in mathematics result from ignorance of principles, or from their misapplication.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It was a national bank, and the charge was misapplication of funds.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Yet in the arguments of Mr. Fritter there is an underlying soundness which misapplication should not obscure to the analytical reader.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

But you will also find some who weren't and who chose other areas for their misapplication of Darwinism .
"Buddy" Skeen was transferred Friday to a state jail in Dallas County to serve the remainder of his 180-day sentence after pleading guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property.
That suggests that the accelerator was accidentally depressed rather than the brake pedal, mirroring claims by Toyota that in many cases sudden acceleration is the result of what it calls "pedal misapplication" or driver error.
One person is facing charges following an investigation into the misapplication of state funds in the Town of Greig.
Huto, 20, was charged with misapplication of property and unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner's consent .
Bell, 54, faces one count each of false bank entries, misapplication, bank fraud and money laundering.
Bell, 54, who was New Frontier 's senior vice president and chief lending officer, faces one count each of false bank entries, misapplication, bank fraud and money laundering.
No, this isn't some ghastly misapplication of cod zen philosophy.
Preliminary NHTSA findings point to pedal misapplication by some Toyota/Lexus drivers.
Any misapplication of justice, inadvertent or otherwise, stays in effect for as long as it takes an appeal to reach a higher court.

In science:

With one exception, for all the cases considered in this paper, we show that the apparent failures of the Luttinger theorem can be attributed either to shortcomings of the employed single-particle Green functions (and the associated self-energies) or to misapplication of this theorem.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
Such states are invariably, but inappropriately, referred to as “non-Fermi liquid” states, a terminology whose misapplication closely rivals that of “strong correlation” in the literature of the past twenty years. 71) P.
On the Luttinger theorem concerning number of particles in the ground states of systems of interacting fermions
The lesson to be learned from misapplication of the LRT is that there is no replacement for an appreciation of the subtleties involved in any statistical method.
Statistics: Handle with Care, Detecting Multiple Model Components with the Likelihood Ratio Test
For this particular system these assertions later on proved to be largely unjustified since they stemmed from a misapplication of the test .
Probing Hamiltonian dynamics by means of the 0-1 test for chaos