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  1. Often misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.

Origin of misgiving

First recorded in1595–1605; misgive + -ing1

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Other words for misgiving

Other words from misgiving

  • mis·giv·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·mis·giv·ing, adjective
  • un·mis·giv·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby misgiving

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How to use misgiving in a sentence

  • But that was just my own personal misgiving, a fear I had to overcome.

  • Therefore, I smoked my cigarette without misgiving, and kept close watch for bobbing black dots against the far-flung green.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • She was quite unaware of it, but she entertained toward the Simpsons an attitude of misgiving in this regard.

    Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • She ran in haste to summon Hepsy and the nurse, her heart misgiving her that this was not the end of the calamity.

    Minnie's Pet Monkey | Madeline Leslie
  • Almost before he had ceased speaking, Oak was seized with a misgiving as to whose ear was the recipient of his answer.

  • The man who was now acting as sentinel was a past master at the art, and there need be no misgiving while he was on duty.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for misgiving


/ (mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ) /

  1. (often plural) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt

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