misnomer


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Misnomer \Mis*no"mer\, v. t.
   To misname. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Misnomer \Mis*no"mer\, n. [OF. pref. mes- amiss, wrong (L. minus
   less) + F. nommer to name, L. nominare, fr. nomen name. See
   Name.]
   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.
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         Many of the changes, by a great misnomer, called
         parliamentary "reforms".                 --Burke.
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         The word "synonym" is fact a misnomer.   --Whately.
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