- to govern or manage badly.
Origin of misgovern
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Examples from the Web for misgovern
For, to misgovern well, one must open his purse as often as he forces the purses of others.The Book of Khalid
We may govern ourselves as we please, we may misgovern ourselves as we please.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
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
For the sake of dishonorable peace they leave these native states to misgovern themselves and stink to high heaven!Rung Ho!
- to govern badly
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Word Origin and History for misgovern
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