[ mis-guhv-ern ]
/ mɪsˈgʌv ərn /

verb (used with object)

to govern or manage badly.

Origin of misgovern

First recorded in 1375–1425, misgovern is from the late Middle English word misgovernen. See mis-1, govern


mis·gov·ern·ment, mis·gov·ern·ance, noun
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Examples from the Web for misgovern

  • The bulk of the proceeds fell into the hands of the clergy and the hidalgos sent out to rob and misgovern the islands.

    The Philippine Islands|Ramon Reyes Lala
  • We may govern ourselves as we please, we may misgovern ourselves as we please.

    The Last Voyage|Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • For the sake of dishonorable peace they leave these native states to misgovern themselves and stink to high heaven!

    Rung Ho!|Talbot Mundy
  • For, to misgovern well, one must open his purse as often as he forces the purses of others.

    The Book of Khalid|Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for misgovern

/ (ˌmɪsˈɡʌvən) /


to govern badly

Derived forms of misgovern

misgovernment, nounmisgovernor, noun
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