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Definition an incorrect or unsuitable name
  • I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Inside the misnomered gate is one of the most extraordinary human achievements on earth.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • After it was drafted, Laura typed it up while Yoyo stood by, correcting her mother's misnomers and mis-sayings.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The Time of the Titans was the Fourth Age, sometimes called the Golden Age, which is definitely a misnomer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • This was not Abby's usual absentminded roster of misnomers: "Mandy—I mean Stem" when she was speaking to Jeannie.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Shielding is really a misnomer.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Though a misnomer, his nickname proved to be the one enduring thing about Pollard's ring career.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • "It's a misnomer," he said, using a word which here means "a very wrong name."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • The term that is usually used for this phenomenon, "sex trafficking," is a misnomer.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • That is a misnomer in that no such title existed, but the role he played was not so different from what the designation implies.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • We burned rubber, roaring away from a stop sign before turning left onto the misnomered Grandview (there's a view of a golf course, I guess, but nothing grand).
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Stateroom 3 is glorious as well as a misnomer—it constitutes half the car, and contains at least one additional room, which is cordoned off with a thick velvet curtain.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The steward read nothing but his prayer-book, and that only in particular parts, and by the aid of a good deal of spelling, and some misnomers; but he could not form a single letter with a pen.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE I FELL in with a humorist on my travels, who had in his chamber a cast of the Rondanini Medusa, and who assured me that the name which that fine work of art bore in the catalogues was a misnomer, as he was convinced that the sculptor who carved it intended it for Memory, the mother of the Muses.'
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Society and Solitude
  • I speak here of literature whose primary intent is to influence the body politic—for instance, those works of socialist realism (one of the great misnomers of all time) of the Soviet era in which the plucky hero figures out a way to increase production andthereby meet the goals of the five-year plan on the collective farm—what I once heard the great Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes characterize as the love affair between a boy, and girl, and a tractor.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Its name is a misnomer.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • A misnomer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sword of Summer
  • Thof Squire Dickon "—this was a common misnomer with Benjamin—" is a nice gentleman, and as good a man to sail with as heart could wish, yet I shall tel the squire, d'ye see, in plain English, and that's my native tongue, that if-so-be he is thinking of putting any Johnny Raw over my head, why, I shall resign.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The snake's name is a misnomer that Dr. Montgomery created for his own amusement."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • While the other was reading it on page two Boom (to give him for the nonce his new misnomer) whiled away a few odd leisure moments in fits and starts with the account of the third event at Ascot on page three, his side.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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