Misnomer



[mis-noh-mer] /mɪsˈnoʊ mər/

noun
1.
a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.
2.
an error in naming a person or thing.
/ˌmɪsˈnəʊmə/
noun
1.
an incorrect or unsuitable name or term for a person or thing
2.
the act of referring to a person by the wrong name
n.

mid-15c., “mistaken identification of an accused or convicted person,” from Anglo-French, Old French mesnomer “to misname, wrongly name,” noun use of infinitive, from mes- “wrongly” (see mis- (2)) + nomer “to name,” from Latin nominare “nominate” (see nominate). For noun use of French infinitives, cf. waiver.

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