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Etymology edit

From misnomer, with the choice of adjectivizing suffix -ial possibly influenced by nomial. Compare misnominal.

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  1. (rare) Being a misnomer.
    • 1899, The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, page 441:
      There are three classes of cases which may be considered :
      (1) Hysteria pure and simple simulating organic disease, as in the misnomial pseudo-peritonitis. []
    • 1958, United States. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Court of Customs and Patent Appeals:
      These cases are distinguishable in that the misnomers therein consist in the use of the statutory word to describe a substance which was not included within the common meaning of that statutory term. However, in the case at bar, the misnomial word is "rice" which is used merely as an adjective to modify the noun "paper," whereas the aforesaid noun "paper" is used to name the substance and has the same connotation as the statutory term.
    • 1975, Pare Lorentz, Lorentz on film: movies 1927 to 1941:
      To call a motion picture reviewer a critic, in the strict sense of the word, is as misnomial as calling a Chicago hog butcher a surgeon.
    • 2013, Jonathan Meades, Pompey: A Novel, Random House, →ISBN:
      No, this poor fellow, this Private Bright (yes, a misnomial handle) grunted obligingly and gaped at the so far unlooted painting []

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