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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to doubt or suspect.
  1. doubt or suspicion.

Origin of misdoubt

First recorded in 1530–40; mis-1 + doubt
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Examples from the Web for misdoubt

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for misdoubt


  1. an archaic word for doubt, suspect
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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.

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