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misgiving

[ mis-giv-ing ]
/ mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ /
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noun

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

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misfit, misfortune, misfunction, misgender, misgive, misgiving, misgovern, misgovernance, misgovernment, misguidance, misguide

Origin of misgiving

First recorded in 1595–1605; misgive + -ing1
SYNONYMS FOR misgiving
Related formsmis·giv·ing·ly, adverbun·mis·giv·ing, adjectiveun·mis·giv·ing·ly, adverb

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Definition for misgiving (2 of 2)

misgive

[ mis-giv ]
/ mɪsˈgɪv /

verb (used with object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.

verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

to be apprehensive.

Origin of misgive

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + give
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British Dictionary definitions for misgiving (1 of 2)

misgiving

/ (mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for misgiving (2 of 2)

misgive

/ (mɪsˈɡɪv) /

verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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Word Origin and History for misgiving

misgiving


n.

c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

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