One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A charge wrongly levied or entered in an account.
1no object To charge an incorrect amount to (a person or organization).
2with object To make a false or incorrect accusation against (a person or thing). Now rare.
3with object Molecular Biology. To link (a molecule of transfer RNA) with the wrong amino acid.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charlotte Smith (1749–1806), poet and novelist. From mis- + charge<br>late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From mis- + charge.
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