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  1. misled; mistaken: Their naive actions were a misguided attempt to help the poor.
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Origin of misguided

First recorded in 1480–90; misguide + -ed2
Related formsmis·guid·ed·ly, adverbmis·guid·ed·ness, nounun·mis·guid·ed, adjectiveun·mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb


verb (used with object), mis·guid·ed, mis·guid·ing.
  1. to guide wrongly; misdirect.
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Origin of misguide

1325–75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2
Related formsmis·guid·ance, nounmis·guid·er, noun
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  • "I have not yet learned what right you have to inquire," replied the misguided maiden.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Went to bed so bally sober I couldn't sleep," replied the misguided youth.


    William J. Locke

  • And indeed it seemed as if they must have been misguided in some providential manner.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Misguided by the fever of passion, I forgot my sacred obligations to Leonor.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Yet associated with a certain degree of judgment.ministering to its misguided will.

British Dictionary definitions for misguided


  1. foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour
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Derived Formsmisguidedly, adverb


  1. (tr) to guide or direct wrongly or badly
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Derived Formsmisguidance, nounmisguider, noun
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Word Origin and History for misguided


"erring in purpose or action," 1650s, past participle adjective from misguide (v.). Earlier, "ill-behaved" (late 15c.). Related: Misguidedly; misguidedness.

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late 14c., "to go astray;" see mis- (1) + guide (v.). Transitive sense of "to guide in the wrong direction" is first attested c.1500. Related: Misguided; misguiding.

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