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[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin of misgiving
First recorded in 1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation.
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[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
to be apprehensive.
First recorded in 1505-15; mis-1 + give Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His face was grave again, and she noticed it with a sudden throb of misgiving.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • "Oh, of course not," he replied, again stifling a misgiving.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • I should have felt no reproach or misgiving had it been otherwise, but his apparent giving up, and hopelessness, touched me.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • I can't account for the misgiving I have,' he said, sighing.

  • Then, indeed, I had no misgiving save that inspired by the last words of the Honourable George.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • From the prolonged silence that followed I felt a sense of misgiving.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • With a misgiving heart, Mrs. Winston took her sister's letter to their mother.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • It was the sullen brigand who spoke, and his companions eyed him with some misgiving.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Upon his dark face, with its overhanging forelock, flickered no ghost of misgiving; no hint of any weakening or excitement.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • Bemis, with misgiving: "Why, no, it never occurred to me that he was."

    Five O'Clock Tea W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for misgiving


(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt


verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misgiving

c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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