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Misapply   /mɪsəplˈaɪ/   Listen

(past & past part. misapplied; pres. part. misapplying)
Apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly.  Synonym: misuse.  "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"

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"Misapply" Quotes from Famous Books

... of a hand to bring their food to their mouths. The camel employs its lips and the cow its tongue; the muntjae or barking deer of India has attained a tongue of such length that it uses it for a handkerchief to wipe its eyes. So the tapir could not resist the temptation to misapply its nose to the purpose of gathering fodder, and the ultimate result was the elephant, whose nose is a wonderful hand and a bucket and other things. The pig, being a swine, debased its nose in a worse way, making a ...
— Concerning Animals and Other Matters • E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)

Words linked to "Misapply" :   apply, misapplication, utilise, utilize, use, employ

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