misattribute

verb
mis·​at·​trib·​ute | \ ˌmis-ə-ˈtri-ˌbyüt How to pronounce misattribute (audio) , -byət\
misattributed; misattributing

Definition of misattribute

transitive verb

: to incorrectly indicate the cause, origin, or creator of (something) : to attribute wrongly There's still dispute about this Canadian species, which was originally misattributed to Connecticut.— Kristin Nord It also suggests that some of the more elegant clocks traditionally assigned to Concord clockmakers have been misattributed.— Kenneth Joel Zogry

First Known Use of misattribute

1851, in the meaning defined above

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