misguided

[ mis-gahy-did ]
/ mɪsˈgaɪ dɪd /

adjective

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

Origin of misguided

First recorded in 1480–90; misguide + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM misguided

mis·guid·ed·ly, adverbmis·guid·ed·ness, nounun·mis·guid·ed, adjectiveun·mis·guid·ed·ly, adverb

Definition for misguided (2 of 2)

misguide
[ mis-gahyd ]
/ mɪsˈgaɪd /

verb (used with object), mis·guid·ed, mis·guid·ing.

to guide wrongly; misdirect.

Origin of misguide

1325–75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2

OTHER WORDS FROM misguide

mis·guid·ance, nounmis·guid·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misguided (1 of 2)

misguided
/ (ˌmɪsˈɡaɪdɪd) /

adjective

foolish or unreasonable, esp in action or behaviour

Derived forms of misguided

misguidedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for misguided (2 of 2)

misguide
/ (ˌmɪsˈɡaɪd) /

verb

(tr) to guide or direct wrongly or badly

Derived forms of misguide

misguidance, nounmisguider, noun
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