Misplace vs. Displace

These words are often confused but they have different meanings. To misplace things is to put them in the wrong place. Of course, it is not easy to find misplaced objects.

  • My grandmother always misplaces her spectacles.
  • I misplaced the car keys and spent the whole afternoon searching for them.
  • These are important documents. Don’t misplace them.
  • Put those books in their proper places. If you misplace them, it won’t be easy to find them.

A misplaced sense of loyalty is a sense of loyalty felts towards a person who doesn’t deserve it.

  • Susmita receives several good job offers but a sense of misplaced loyalty prevents her from leaving her current employer.
  • I still can’t believe that my faith in him was misplaced.


To displace is to put somebody or something out of the right or usual position. A displaced person is a stateless refugee in exile.

  • Wars have displaced more people than natural calamities. (NOT Wars have misplaced more people than —)
  • People displaced by the storm are still suffering in the refugee camps.

Manjusha Nambiar

Hi, I am Manjusha. This is my blog where I give English grammar lessons and worksheets.

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