What’s the difference between ‘misplaced’ and ‘displaced’?

When you ‘misplace’ something, you put it in the wrong place, and as a result you are unable to find it. But it’s only temporarily. You are unable to find it only for a short while. Later, you do find it. The word suggests that you have merely mislaid the object.

Examples: “My grandmother misplaced her spectacles.” * “It’s very difficult to find books in this library because they are always misplaced.”* One can also misplace one’s trust which means you trust a person who doesn’t deserve to be trusted.* Sailaja is helping her former boss because of her misplaced sense of loyalty.”

“Our faith in our leaders is misplaced.”

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – August 27, 2007



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