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misapply (v.)

"make an erroneous application of," 1570s, from mis- (1) "bad, wrong" + apply. Related: Misapplied; misapplying.

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Definitions of misapply

misapply (v.)
apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly;
You are misapplying the name of this religious group
The words are misapplied in this context
Synonyms: misuse
From wordnet.princeton.edu