misnomer misnomer  /mɪs ˈnoʊ mər/


  • (n) an incorrect or unsuitable name


  1. It is said that the term “embryonic stem cells” is a misnomer because the cells in question are not from embryos but rather from blastocysts, or undifferentiated, pre-embryonic masses of cells formed in the first stage after fertilization.
  2. 'Protection money' is a misnomer in the extortion business.
  3. Chickenpox has nothing to do with the barnyard fowl; this malady is a misnomer.


  1. What We Mean When We Say 'Whistleblower'

    When Edward Snowden came out as the source of leaks about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, he was immediately labeled a whistle-blower by many. Is the term a misnomer? Richard Haass , president of the Council on Foreign Relations, took to Twitter on Sunday to question
    on June 10, 2013     Source: KERA North Texas

  2. What Is Meant By The Term 'Whistle-Blower'

    When Edward Snowden came forward as having leaked information about a National Security Agency program, he was quickly labeled a "whistle-blower" by many. Is that a misnomer?
    on June 10, 2013     Source: NPR

  3. Remembering D-Day

    The first thing to remember about D-Day is that it is something of a misnomer.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: National Catholic Reporter


  1. "I think the female actors are far more intelligent than the male actors. I think it's a misnomer to say that actresses are not smart and I think they are deeply in touch with emotions," Soha said.
    on Oct 27, 2008 By: Soha Ali Khan Source: Sify

  2. "I think that's a little bit of a misnomer, in terms of being the top three-point shooting team in the country," Montgomery said. "I think that's statistics. We really got off to a fast start and our percentage was way up, almost uncanny, and...
    on Mar 17, 2009 By: Mike Montgomery Source: Washington Post

  3. "I would not use the word 'clean' anywhere near the word 'coal,'" says Robert Wilder, CEO of WilderShares, which manages three energy indices. "It'sa misnomer; coal is inherently dirty."
    on Mar 2, 2007 By: Robert Wilder Source: Red Herring

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