mis·​char·​ac·​ter·​ize ˌmis-ˈker-ik-tə-ˌrīz How to pronounce mischaracterize (audio)
mischaracterized; mischaracterizing

transitive verb

: to characterize (someone or something) wrongly
mischaracterized his position on the issue
In many cases, the problems that the news media, activists, and politicians hype are real enough; however they are frequently greatly exaggerated and mischaracterizedBenjamin Radford

Examples of mischaracterize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further, Trian says Disney has mischaracterized its performance history, which has included investments in DuPont, Heinz and Wendy’s. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The academics with whom the science of crypto tracing originated acknowledge that it should not be applied as evidence in isolation, or mischaracterized as some sort of a smoking gun. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 27 Mar. 2024 Rather than trying to defend the many indefensible parts of our past, history classes should acknowledge the essential humanity and many contributions of all Americans, especially those who have long been mischaracterized by textbooks. Jeff Raikes, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Trump’s quickly lawyers seized on the varying descriptions of the material to suggest that the district attorney’s office was mischaracterizing both the material and the seriousness of the dispute. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 The post also mischaracterizes aluminum by calling it a preservative. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 The intense opposition has greatly troubled workers’ advocates, many of whom have called on Biden to take more aggressive action to ensure companies do not mischaracterize workers as independent contractors simply to save money — denying them better pay and other rights in the process. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2024 An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the amount of daily sodium recommended by the FDA. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Even major news outlets can mischaracterize crucial details about breaking stories. Jonathan Freger, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mischaracterize was in 1798

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“Mischaracterize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mischaracterize. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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