mischaracterize

verb
mis·char·ac·ter·ize | \ ˌmis-ˈker-ik-tə-ˌrīz , -ˈka-rik- \
mischaracterized; mischaracterizing

Definition of mischaracterize 

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: 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 mischaracterized —Benjamin Radford

First Known Use of mischaracterize

1798, in the meaning defined above

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