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misdemean

[ mis-di-meen ]
/ ˌmɪs dɪˈmin /
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verb (used with object) Rare.

to misbehave (oneself).

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Origin of misdemean

late Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mis-1, demean2
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British Dictionary definitions for misdemean

misdemean
/ (ˌmɪsdɪˈmiːn) /

verb

a rare word for misbehave
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