Synonyms of 'misapply'
to use something for a purpose for which it is not intended or is not suitedThe law has been misapplied.
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in the sense of abuse
to take advantage of dishonestlyHe showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
in the sense of misappropriate
to take and use money dishonestlyI have not misappropriated any funds whatsoever.
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