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[mis-uh-plahyd] /ˌmɪs əˈplaɪd/
mistakenly applied; used wrongly.
Origin of misapplied
1620-30; mis-1 + applied


[mis-uh-plahy] /ˌmɪs əˈplaɪ/
verb (used with object), misapplied, misapplying.
to make a wrong application or use of.
1565-75; mis-1 + apply
Related forms
[mis-ap-li-key-shuh n] /ˌmɪs æp lɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
misapplier, noun Unabridged
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  • That power is still under my direction, and is an added responsibility which shall not be misapplied.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • A term singularly, but very often, misapplied in parlance for orbit.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Even Claire did not guess what lay beneath this folly of misapplied texts and mirth-provoking preachments.

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • In most of them Milton's phraseology is weakened and misapplied.

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • As this truth has frequently been misapplied, we will endeavour to explain, as accurately as we can, our meaning.

    Thoughts on a Revelation Samuel John Jerram
  • Could it be that Burleigh stood in need of all this money to cover other sums that he had misapplied?

    Warrior Gap Charles King
  • Pope's famous line, "Order is Heaven's first law," has often been misapplied.

  • Bitter is a tax, particularly if misapplied; a rate, particularly if embezzled.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • No; surely, that word is misapplied, for who ever chooses to love?

    A Singular Metamorphosis May Evelyn Skiles
British Dictionary definitions for misapplied


verb (transitive) -plies, -plying, -plied
to apply wrongly or badly
another word for misappropriate
Derived Forms
misapplication (ˌmɪsæplɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
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