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[mis-bi-got-n] /ˌmɪs bɪˈgɒt n/
unlawfully or irregularly begotten; born of unmarried parents; illegitimate:
his misbegotten son.
badly conceived, made, or carried out:
his misbegotten plan.
Also, misbegot.
Origin of misbegotten
First recorded in 1540-50; mis-1 + begotten Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sure enough, my friend lacked that small portion of his misbegotten frame.

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • You'll never rear it; there's a fate on it, poor, misbegotten mite!

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Will you allow me, Sir, to present you them, as the dearest offering that a misbegotten son of poverty and rhyme has to give?

  • "What is this you want with me, you misbegotten villain," said the squire.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • This was the incomparable sworder indeed, and John Varlet, that misbegotten rogue, had not taught him in vain.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • In brief, there is no puerility that is not at home in this sphere of misbegotten effort.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • No telling when this misbegotten fog will close in and force us to slow down to half-speed or less--in crowded waters, too!

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • And a sorry figure they make out there in the sun, like misbegotten yew-trees!

    Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for misbegotten


unlawfully obtained: misbegotten gains
badly conceived, planned, or designed: a misbegotten scheme
(literary, dialect) Also misbegot (ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒt). illegitimate; bastard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misbegotten

"bastard, illegitimate," 1550s, past participle adjective from obsolete misbeget (c.1300); see mis- (1) + beget.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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