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[mis-dout] /mɪsˈdaʊt/
verb (used with or without object)
to doubt or suspect.
doubt or suspicion.
Origin of misdoubt
First recorded in 1530-40; mis-1 + doubt Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for misdoubt
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  • I misdoubt if he cared for that, any more than I do, Jack Enville.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • And I misdoubt me that the king himself will be my foe also.

    King Arthur's Knights

    Henry Gilbert
  • It is not so much the strength of the pavilion I misdoubt; it is the double danger that kills me.

  • I do not misdoubt my wife; but I would be loath to turn them together.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • No sir, for by that meanes should I be certaine of that which I now misdoubt.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • I'm not as strong as I wance was, and I misdoubt me that I could go through all that money and live.

  • I misdoubt, sir, if they will do much fighting for themselves.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • There be moments when I misdoubt me if my wife hath the needful firmness.

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
  • This is a sore trial of faith, sir, and I misdoubt I canna stand it.

  • I misdoubt they were only too glad to have him say it any way at all, and be rid of him.

    The Hills of Desire Richard Aumerle Maher
British Dictionary definitions for misdoubt


an archaic word for doubt, suspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misdoubt

"to have doubts (of the reality of something)," 1540s; see mis- (1) + doubt (v.). Related: Misdoubted; misdoubting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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