Definition of miscall in English:


Pronunciation /misˈkôl/ /mɪsˈkɔl/


with object and complement
  • 1Call (something) by a wrong or inappropriate name.

    ‘the motile bacteria have been miscalled zoospores’
    • ‘His first thought was that of every young man, who blithely thinks to pit the bravado he miscalls courage against every obstacle.’
    • ‘Just a reminder - expenditure on staff costs and consumables is ‘spending’, not ‘investment’, and just because Nu-Labour persists in miscalling it as spending, it doesn't mean we have to accept meekly their attempts to confuse the issue.’
    • ‘Specifically, teachers should know whether to intervene when a word is miscalled, when to intervene, and how to appropriately respond.’
    • ‘Lust has been too often miscalled love.’
    • ‘Cold, light, and selfish in the last resort, he had that modicum of prudence, miscalled morality, which keeps a man from inconvenient drunkenness or punishable theft.’
    • ‘One morning, returning asleep on his horse, he miscalls his wife ‘Felice’ - Mrs Charmond's Christian name.’
    • ‘This was equally so in Southwest Asia, that in Eurocentric terminology was in colonial times miscalled the ‘Near East’.’
    • ‘She miscalls Trebinje a Turkish rather than Bosnian town.’
    • ‘Before Jacob went to sea and was miscalled Yawcob by sailormen, he dwelt in dark woods, capered up jungle trees, and swayed vaingloriously from jungle boughs.’
    • ‘The English were among the first to revive the "Louis XIV style" as it was miscalled at first, and paid inflated prices for second-hand Rococo luxury goods that could scarcely be sold in Paris.’
  • 2Wrongly predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote).