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verb (used with or without object), mis·judged, mis·judg·ing.
  1. to judge, estimate, or value wrongly or unjustly.
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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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Historical Examples

  • "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


  1. to judge (a person or persons) wrongly or unfairly
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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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