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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

In the beginning, there was bigietan, and bigietan begot beyeten; then in the days of Middle English beyeten begot begeten, and from thence sprung misbegotten. That description may be a bit flowery, but it accurately traces the path that led to misbegotten. All of the Old English and Middle English ancestors listed above basically meant the same thing as the modern beget-that is, "to father" or "to produce as an effect or outgrowth." That linguistic line brought forth misbegotten by adding the prefix mis- (meaning "wrong," "bad," or "not") in the mid-1500s.

1554

First Known Use of misbegotten

1554

Rhymes with misbegotten



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