verb (used with or without object), mis·judged, mis·judg·ing.

to judge, estimate, or value wrongly or unjustly.

Origin of misjudge

First recorded in 1525–35; mis-1 + judge
Related formsmis·judg·er, nounmis·judg·ing·ly, adverbmis·judg·ment; especially British, mis·judge·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for misjudge

Historical Examples of misjudge

  • "It is so easy to misjudge people," pleaded Joan, earnestly.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • It seems very cold-blooded, but it is easy to misjudge these people.

  • And the pity of it that such a man should so misjudge his Claudia!

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • I only wish that you could see into my soul as into your own; for then you would not misjudge me as you do.


    Harriet Martineau

  • You may read his letter; you must—you misjudge him—you always have.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

British Dictionary definitions for misjudge



to judge (a person or persons) wrongly or unfairly
Derived Formsmisjudger, nounmisjudgment or misjudgement, noun
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Word Origin and History for misjudge

early 15c.; see mis- (1) + judge (v.). Related: Misjudged; misjudging.

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