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[mis-kast, -kahst] /mɪsˈkæst, -ˈkɑst/
verb (used with object), miscast, miscasting.
to assign an unsuitable role to (an actor):
Tom was miscast as Romeo.
to allot (a role) to an unsuitable actor.
to select unsuitable actors for (a play, motion picture, or the like).
Origin of miscast
1925-30; mis-1 + cast1 Unabridged
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  • Almost every major figure of the emerging field of evolutionary science has been miscast at one time or another.
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  • Heiss testified a miscast from the factory was one of a number of possible reasons for damaged rotors.
British Dictionary definitions for miscast


verb (transitive) -casts, -casting, -cast
to cast badly
(often passive)
  1. to cast (a role or the roles) in (a play, film, etc) inappropriately: Falstaff was certainly miscast
  2. to assign an inappropriate role to: he was miscast as Othello
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Word Origin and History for miscast

late 14c., "to cast (a glance, an 'eye') with evil intent" see mis- (1) + cast (v.). Theatrical sense of "to place an actor in an unsuitable roll" is first recorded 1927. Related: Miscasting.

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