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Usage examples for misapplication

  1. Any dishonesty on the part of the companies in letting contracts for the construction of their roads, or any misapplication of the grants made by congress, must have been known to these five government directors, or some of them, if they had properly discharged the duties imposed upon them by law. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  2. He was, like all ambitious persons, very much occupied with self; and yet it would have been a ludicrous misapplication of words to call him selfish. – Lucretia, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Occasionally they will overrule him, and in such case it will be apt to be by a misunderstanding or misapplication of law. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  4. Were there no such thing as Divine Service in the true sense of the word, then, indeed it would scarcely be worth while to quarrel with its misapplication. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  5. Nor has his misfortunes ended here; the scandal arising from the misapplication of his wit and talents seems immortal. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  6. Frequent and serious brawls in our cafes, streets and houses, every where attest the insufficiency or misapplication of our legal code, or the want of energy in its organs. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  7. Hunt thought the popular misconception of Shelley's opinions was due to his misapplication of the names of the Deity and to his identification of them with vulgar superstitions. – Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats by Barnette Miller
  8. Under such circumstances no policy can be more absurd, than that of forcibly regulating money wages by the price of food, as is frequently done, by misapplication of the poor laws. – On The Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation by David Ricardo
  9. I am not without fear, that some misapplication of the public money may enter into the causes of his declining to return. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. Gently, gently; no misapplication of terms! – Paul Clifford, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  11. Since Mr Ds Return as well as before, there have been Suggestions of his Misconduct in France; and among other things, of his Misapplication of publick Money. – The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4 by Samuel Adams
  12. The similarity in color pattern of H. microcephala underwoodi and H. phlebodes easily accounts for the misapplication of names. – Middle American Frogs of the Hyla microcephala Group by William E. Duellman M. J. Fouquette
  13. I once sent a kind of encyclical letter to the whole family connection; but as the delusion under which they labor is still common, and often leads to the wasting of time, the contempt of honest study or humble labor, and the misapplication of intelligence not so far below mediocrity as to be incapable of affording a respectable return when employed in the proper direction, I thought this picture from life might also be of service. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  14. But in the question concerning the repeal of an old one, the work is of more difficulty; because laws, like houses, lean on one another, and the operation is delicate, and should be necessary: the objection, in such a case, ought not to arise from the natural infirmity of human institutions, but from substantial faults which contradict the nature and end of law itself,- faults not arising from the imperfection, but from the misapplication and abuse of our reason. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
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