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misnomer

noun [C] uk   /ˌmɪsˈnəʊ.mər/ us    /-ˈnoʊ.mɚ/
a name that does not suit what it refers to, or the use of such a name: It was the scruffiest place I've ever stayed in, so 'Hotel Royal' was a bit of a misnomer. It's something of a misnomer to refer to these inexperienced boys as soldiers.
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