mis·​em·​pha·​sis ˌmis-ˈem(p)-fə-səs How to pronounce misemphasis (audio)
plural misemphases ˌmis-ˈem(p)-fə-ˌsēz How to pronounce misemphasis (audio)
: misplaced emphasis
misemphasis on the wrong syllable

Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misemphasis was in 1889

Dictionary Entries Near misemphasis

Cite this Entry

“Misemphasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misemphasis. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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