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[mis-guhv-ern] /mɪsˈgʌv ərn/
verb (used with object)
to govern or manage badly.
Origin of misgovern
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, misgovern is from the late Middle English word misgovernen. See mis-1, govern
Related forms
misgovernment, misgovernance, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for misgovern
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  • For, to misgovern well, one must open his purse as often as he forces the purses of others.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • We may govern ourselves as we please, we may misgovern ourselves as we please.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The bulk of the proceeds fell into the hands of the clergy and the hidalgos sent out to rob and misgovern the islands.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • For the sake of dishonorable peace they leave these native states to misgovern themselves and stink to high heaven!

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for misgovern


to govern badly
Derived Forms
misgovernment, noun
misgovernor, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misgovern

c.1400, from mis- (1) + govern. Related: Misgoverned; misgoverning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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