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  1. unlawfully or irregularly begotten; born of unmarried parents; illegitimate: his misbegotten son.
  2. badly conceived, made, or carried out: his misbegotten plan.
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Also mis·be·got.

Origin of misbegotten

First recorded in 1540–50; mis-1 + begotten
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Related Words for misbegotten

bastard, dishonest, disreputable, illegal, natural, poor, shady, spurious, unlawful, baseborn, suppositious, stolen

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Contemporary Examples of misbegotten

Historical Examples of misbegotten

  • You'll never rear it; there's a fate on it, poor, misbegotten mite!

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "What is this you want with me, you misbegotten villain," said the squire.

    Willy Reilly

    William Carleton

  • In brief, there is no puerility that is not at home in this sphere of misbegotten effort.

    Ponkapog Papers

    Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  • And a sorry figure they make out there in the sun, like misbegotten yew-trees!

    Essays of Travel

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • I will deal with thee hereafter, misbegotten cur that thou art!

British Dictionary definitions for misbegotten


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


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

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