mischaracterize

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

Definition of mischaracterize

mischaracterized; mischaracterizing
: 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

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