misbegotten

[ mis-bi-got-n ]
/ ˌmɪs bɪˈgɒt n /

adjective

unlawfully or irregularly begotten; born of unmarried parents; illegitimate: his misbegotten son.
badly conceived, made, or carried out: his misbegotten plan.

Nearby words

  1. misappropriation,
  2. misarrange,
  3. misattribution,
  4. misbecome,
  5. misbefall,
  6. misbehave,
  7. misbehavior,
  8. misbelief,
  9. misbelieve,
  10. misbetide

Also mis·be·got.

Origin of misbegotten

First recorded in 1540–50; mis-1 + begotten

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British Dictionary definitions for misbegotten

misbegotten

/ (ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒtən) /

adjective

unlawfully obtainedmisbegotten gains
badly conceived, planned, or designeda misbegotten scheme
Also: misbegot (ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒt) literary, dialect illegitimate; bastard
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Word Origin and History for misbegotten

misbegotten

adj.

"bastard, illegitimate," 1550s, past participle adjective from obsolete misbeget (c.1300); see mis- (1) + beget.

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