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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Contemporary Examples of misjudgment

Historical Examples of misjudgment

  • But the misjudgment and the depression of the insane are only an exaggeration of that which may occur in any man.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • It is impossible to know what little slip or misjudgment may have produced the explosion.

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    Hudson Maxim

  • There was no misjudgment of the power of the appeal in this instance.

  • And it is here that the misjudgment comes in of many generous hearts who have spoken sometimes lately so strongly in my praise.

    Annie Besant

    Annie Besant

  • From a misunderstanding of George Sand's character, there is but a short step to a misjudgment of her connection with Chopin.

British Dictionary definitions for misjudgment



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

1520s, from mis- (1) + judgment.



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

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