misattribution

noun mis·at·tri·bu·tion \ ˌmis-ˌa-trə-ˈbyü-shən \

Definition of misattribution

plural misattributions
: an incorrect attribution (as for a piece of artwork)
  • For decades this portrait had suffered one misattribution after another. More recently the artist had been listed as unknown.
  • —James G. Barber

First Known Use of misattribution

1865

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