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misbegotten

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adjective mis·be·got·ten \-bi-ˈgä-tən\

Simple Definition of misbegotten

  • : badly planned or thought out

Full Definition of misbegotten

  1. 1 :  unlawfully conceived :  illegitimate <a misbegotten child>

  2. 2 a :  having a disreputable or improper origin :  ill-conceived <antiquated and misbegotten tax laws — R. M. Blough> b :  contemptible, deformed <a misbegotten scoundrel>

Examples of misbegotten

  1. <a misbegotten child who never knew his father>



1554

First Known Use of misbegotten

1554

Rhymes with misbegotten



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