mis·​char·​ac·​ter·​i·​za·​tion ˌmis-ˌker-ik-t(ə-)rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce mischaracterization (audio)
plural mischaracterizations
: the act or an instance of characterizing someone or something wrongly
It is impossible to catalog here the leaps of logic, mischaracterizations, and outright errors that permeate their book …Dmitri Tymoczko

Examples of mischaracterization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crabtree-Ireland says that Sarandos’ statement is offensive and a mischaracterization of their proposal. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2023 As selling oils meant for external use or skincare isn’t prohibited, the rising interest in navel oiling technically abides by the letter of the law, but allows for wild mischaracterizations in the process. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2023 To characterize any pre-litigation settlements as an effort to buy silence is a clear mischaracterization. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 At its core, this argument rests on profound mischaracterization of Adam Smith. Mark Koyama, National Review, 23 Jan. 2023 The media’s mischaracterization of these events created a moral panic that unfairly stigmatized Trump supporters across the nation as white supremacists conspiring to overthrow the U.S. government, resulting in the unnecessary mobilization of armed U.S. troops in Washington. Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Setting aside the need to discard this outdated mischaracterization of entrepreneurship, there is validity to the observation. Dane Stangler, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The report calls this a mischaracterization of the punishment carried out on a Black officer by an all-white chain of command. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2021 Most, if not all, of the inappropriate markers were placed as a result of error, rather than any purposeful mischaracterization, according to the Operation Benjamin website. Bo Emerson, ajc, 29 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mischaracterization was in 1900

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“Mischaracterization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mischaracterization. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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