- bad or unwise rule; misgovernment.
- disorder or lawlessness.
- to misgovern.
Origin of misrule
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Examples from the Web for misrule
A decade ago, Afghans were exhausted by years of war and misrule.The U.S. and Pakistan: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
April 3, 2012
Anarchy and misrule must be displayed in their most glaring colors.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
To abolish the superstition, the misrule, the vice, the misery of this world.Daily Thoughts
The heart may grow in vice, and the passions expand in misrule.Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women
George Sumner Weaver
What followed is, happily, unique in the history of English misrule.
At first she was not noticed, so great was the noise and misrule.Where Deep Seas Moan
- (tr) to govern inefficiently or without humanity or justice
- inefficient or inhumane government
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Word Origin and History for misrule
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