misnomer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n misnomer an incorrect or unsuitable name
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "white chocolate" is a misnomer. Under Fedaral Standards of Identity, real chocolate must contain chocolate liquor. "White" chocolate contains no chocolate liquor.
    • n Misnomer The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment; any misnaming of a person or thing; a wrong or inapplicable name or title. "Many of the changes, by a great misnomer , called parliamentary “reforms”.""The word “synonym” is fact a misnomer ."
    • v. t Misnomer To misname.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misnomer A misnaming; the act of applying a wrong name or designation.
    • n misnomer In law, an error in name; misstatement in a document of the name of a person. Misnomers in proceedings are now frequently amended by the court, provided no party has been misled or prejudiced.
    • n misnomer Hence A mistaken name or designation; a misapplied term.
    • misnomer To designate by a mistaken or unsuitable name; misname.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misnomer misnō′mėr a misnaming: a wrong name.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. pref. mes-, amiss, wrong (L. minus, less) + F. nommer, to name, L. nominare, fr. nomen, name. See Name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr., from Fr. mes- and nommer—L. nomināre, to name.

Usage

In literature:

The very name of emancipation, thus applied, is a misnomer.
"The Right of American Slavery" by True Worthy Hoit
The name of occupation, applied to it, was a mere misnomer, disguising a sham.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
The title, however, is a misnomer, since a true ode is necessarily of irregular form.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Almost every writer on voice appears to consider the term "cord" as applied to them a misnomer.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
The term Normal School is an unfortunate misnomer, and its general adoption has led to much confusion of ideas.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
A misnomer confuses all argument.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
I have even heard one, called by the misnomer, "lady," do disgrace to her sex by this sinful fault in conversation.
"Talkers" by John Bate
He called it widow-shopping, which was not a misnomer in Crystal City.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
It is conceded to be a seedling of the Black Twig (said to be a misnomer for the Winesap).
"The Apple" by Various
My first meal passed under the misnomer of tea.
"John Brown" by Frederick Douglass
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In poetry:

But, male for female is a trope,
Or rather bold misnomer,
That would have startled even Pope,
When he translated Homer.
"On A Mistake In His Translation Of Homer" by William Cowper
Thou didst spare one, left him enthroned fast,
The blind old man of Scio, hoary Homer,
So that of all the harpers first and last,
To call him king, is not a base misnomer.
"To My Copy Of Shakspeare Which Had Been Lost" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

The word "beach" may be something of a misnomer, but the proposal is one we can endorse nonetheless.
The "dining" part might be a bit of a misnomer, given that this restaurant is more of a good place to snack on caviar and sip champagne.
Ted Williams once referred to the one thing he was better at than any man ever born "the science of hitting," but that couldn't have more of a misnomer.
" But that's a bit of a misnomer: the "Shadow Deregulatory Committee" would probably be more accurate.
'Redistribution of wealth' is misnomer .
Nobel Peace Prize is a misnomer .
Trojan Century Center a ' misnomer ' in tax increase discussion.
HBO's Zitter Says DRM Is Misnomer .
Presidents' Day: Long-Standing Misnomer .
One of the great misnomers of our culture is that income is synonymous with class.
We call it "winter" squash, but that's a misnomer.
With his thick New York accent, wiry frame, perma-five o'clock shadow and penchant for misnomers, he's kind of a minor celebrity in his home base of Brighton in the West End.
It is a misnomer to say that the five co-chairs, two of whom spoke to Right Turn, selected by Republican National Committee chairman for its "Growth and Opportunity Project" will be doing an autopsy on the 2012 election.
I say vacation, but that's a bit of a misnomer considering my wife gave birth to our second daughter June 20.
The "American" in American Petroleum Institute, the country's largest oil lobby group, is a misnomer.
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In science:

The name simple currents is somewhat of a misnomer.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The term observed abundances is somewhat of a misnomer however, since the chemical composition of course can not be inferred directly from an observed spectrum.
Stellar abundance analyses in the light of 3D hydrodynamical model atmospheres
One might reject the use of Bayesian probabilities in cosmological situations because there are no observers ‘outside’ the universe that we can invoke, but this is simply a misnomer.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
We remind that the term ”fractional” is a misnomer since the order can be a real number and thus is not restricted to be rational.
Discrete random walk models for space-time fractional diffusion
This is a misnomer – indeed, the basic rules of effective field theory clearly instruct us to include all terms compatible with the postulated symmetries, since such terms would otherwise be generated by quantum corrections.
General Covariance in Gravity at a Lifshitz Point
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