from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To describe wrongly or falsely.

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  • v. To incorrectly explain or detail something or someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To describe wrongly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To describe falsely or erroneously.


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mis- +‎ describe


  • In his blog, Lindsay wrote that it's nice that some politicians are finally willing to acknowledge our existence, but are we so desperate for acceptance that we'll allow others to condescendingly misdescribe us as adherents of a faith?

    Chris Stedman: Do Atheists Belong In The Interfaith Movement?

  • Some of these complaints are well-founded, others are not; but even if all were true, they would misdescribe and undervalue what is going on here.

    China Makes, The World Takes

  • The combination of 1 and 2 leads him to misdescribe the actual biology of cognition.

    Sugar and Saline

  • They accept the language of the Administration to misdescribe what has happened and what is happening.

    Martin Garbus: Why Won't They Call It a Civil War in Iraq

  • Ideas that work perfectly well in one—and describe the world in that setting—may not work in understanding the other: they misdescribe the world in a shifted setting…

    Once and for all « BuzzMachine

  • Hardly surprisingly, by the nineteenth century these surnames were well represented on the UK mainland, especially NW England, and elsewhere on the planet but the academics at UCL prefer to believe that the world ends at Formby Point, to misdescribe and misinterpret according to a naming system less ancient than the one they are messing with!

    My name | Linguism

  • Eliminative materialists argue that the central tenets of folk psychology radically misdescribe cognitive processes; consequently, the posits of folk psychology pick out nothing that is real.

    Eliminative Materialism

  • To show that one thing can be called by many names and that some names specify the object but misdescribe it, the Stranger introduces some machinery.

    Method and Metaphysics in Plato's Sophist and Statesman

  • There's another issue which he did not directly address, which is, did the president and his top aids misdescribe the intelligence when they were making their case for war?

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2005

  • CONYERS: Well, I have no idea -- well, what needs to be done is to not misdescribe the convention, the conference, and I must take exception to all of these spineless delegates that are walking around.

    CNN Transcript Sep 2, 2001


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