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maladminister

[mal-uh d-min-uh-ster] /ˌmæl ədˈmɪn ə stər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to administer or manage badly or inefficiently:
The mayor was a bungler who maladministered the city budget.
Origin of maladminister
1695-1705
1695-1705; mal- + administer
Related forms
maladministration, noun
maladministrator, noun
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Examples from the Web for maladministration
Historical Examples
  • The victim of jail cruelty and of the maladministration in government offices lies dead in his cell.

  • But it was not only in the army that this maladministration was visible.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • While he was absent there was no reason to fear any violence or maladministration in Italy or in Rome.

    Dialogues of the Dead Lord Lyttelton
  • This usurpation of powers and this maladministration Jefferson meant to end.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • Seeing that Mr. Buchanan has escaped any punishment for maladministration, no President need fear the anger of the people.

  • All this maladministration was very wrong, but we cannot afford to burn the MSS.

    Illuminated Manuscripts John W. Bradley
  • There was a growing impression of maladministration at Washington.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • All agree that it is a bungle,—the fault of maladministration and want of tact.

    Paris under the Commune John Leighton
  • An impeachment is a trial of a high officer of state for maladministration of his office.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • In 1252 the Earl of Leicester was summoned from Gascony to answer various charges of maladministration.

British Dictionary definitions for maladministration

maladministration

/ˌmælədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən/
noun
1.
bad, inefficient, or dishonest management of the affairs of an organization, such as a business or institution

maladminister

/ˌmælədˈmɪnɪstə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to administer badly, inefficiently, or dishonestly
Derived Forms
maladministrator, noun
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Word Origin and History for maladministration
n.

also mal-administration, 1640s, from mal- + administration.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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