Definition of miscall in English:



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

    ‘the agency is usually miscalled MI6 by the press’
    • ‘Sundays require solutions and once the papers are read a Protestant ethic of a related sort generally sends me back to work in petty defiance of Knox, Melville and what a reviewer recently miscalled the Scottish Taliban.’
    • ‘One morning, returning asleep on his horse, he miscalls his wife ‘Felice’ - Mrs Charmond's Christian name.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His first thought was that of every young man, who blithely thinks to pit the bravado he miscalls courage against every obstacle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have a saying in Gaelic which is, roughly translated: If you want to be miscalled, get married; if you want to be praised, die.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While West miscalls Trebinje a Turkish rather than Bosnian town, she insightfully formulates the significance of the minarets that she saw, a significance shared by all Bosnians, whether Muslim, Christian, or Jewish.’
    • ‘Specifically, teachers should know whether to intervene when a word is miscalled, when to intervene, and how to appropriately respond.’
    • ‘You must understand, Señora, that he comes for me not as a father but because of his… his affronted arrogance that many miscall pride!’
    • ‘This was equally so in Southwest Asia, that in Eurocentric terminology was in colonial times miscalled the ‘Near East’.’
    1. 1.1archaic, dialect [with object]Insult (someone)
      ‘I can't bear any man on earth to miscall her but myself’
      • ‘He recalls that, in the painful heat of the moment, he was ‘the first to miscall the parentage’ of the future Scotland manager.’
      insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, shout at, scold, rebuke, upbraid, reprove, castigate, inveigh against, impugn, slur, revile, smear, vilify, vituperate against, slander, libel, cast aspersions on, offend, slight, disparage, denigrate, defame
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  • 2[with object] Wrongly predict the result of (a future event, especially an election or a vote).