mis·​cast ˌmis-ˈkast How to pronounce miscast (audio)
miscast; miscasting

transitive verb

: to cast in an unsuitable role
life had miscast her in the role of wife and motherEdna Ferber

Examples of miscast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a false binary, however, which miscasts how international criminal tribunals operate. Rebecca Hamilton, Foreign Affairs, 12 July 2023 Padre Pio Abel Ferrara turns expat only to miscast Shia LaBeouf in a biopic of Francesco Forgione. Armond White, National Review, 7 July 2023 Green spent most of the year either not properly engaged by his point guard or miscast into lead guard duties when Porter exited the game. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 24 May 2023 But this successful spinning of a huge conspiracy theory, by miscasting the intentions of 15-minute cities, has worrying long term implications for climate action, King said. Laura Paddison, CNN, 26 Feb. 2023 Fletch is also now embodied by a wisecracking Jon Hamm — also miscast (Bob Odenkirk would make a great Fletch) — who leans more naturally into the one-liners than Chase while exuding his usual mix of smarm and charm. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2022 Jeff McNeil, who miscast himself as a power hitter the last two years, is on his way to the All-Star Game with a team-high 1.9 WAR AR -0.8% with just three homers among his 17 extra-base hits. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Lynch noted Thomas was probably miscast when he was being used outside early in his career. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, 4 May 2020 All three went on to play in the NFL, along with Jamize Olawale, who was miscast as a wide receiver at UNT before becoming a fullback in the NFL. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, 20 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of miscast was in 1925

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“Miscast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscast. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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mis·​cast (ˈ)mis-ˈkast How to pronounce miscast (audio)
: to cast in an unsuitable role
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