\ ˈbächt How to pronounce botched (audio) \

Definition of botched

: unsuccessful because of being poorly done : spoiled by mistakes a botched attempt a botched recipe a botched medical procedure

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Synonyms & Antonyms for botched


awkward, bungling, clumsy, fumbled, inept, inexpert, maladroit


adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), facile

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But the botched communication has eroded trust in Boeing as the company struggles to rebound from the passenger jet crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Author: Angela Charlton, Anchorage Daily News, "CEO: Boeing made mistake in handling warning-system problem," 17 June 2019 Trump clearly didn't like the fact that he had been compelled by his advisers to revise his botched response to Charlottesville. CBS News, "Book excerpt: Jim Acosta's "The Enemy of the People"," 7 June 2019 The city’s first homicide in 22 years took place in May 22 during a botched robbery during a drug deal at a vacant house. Kaylee Remington,, "Pepper Pike mayor, residents say triple tapas bar shooting an anomaly in high-end suburb," 4 June 2019 Last April marked the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in then-Soviet Ukraine, caused by a botched safety test in the fourth reactor of the atomic plant that sent clouds of nuclear material across much of Europe. NBC News, "HBO miniseries success drives Chernobyl tourism boom," 6 June 2019 Colorado’s four runs in the ninth came on five hits, one of those hits awarded on a botched pop-up to short left and another coming on a misplayed liner to center. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Blackmon has 3 hits, Rockies 2-hit Marlins 6-1," 29 Mar. 2019 But a botched restoration effort in the 1980s exacerbated the problem, adding a greater sense of urgency to the quest to preserve the dome, which is one of Florence's chief tourist attractions. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Italy’s famous dome is cracking, and cosmic rays could help save it," 21 Aug. 2018 In 2014, a spate of high-profile botched executions caught the attention of the nation: Dennis McGuire in Ohio, Joseph Wood in Arizona, and Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 And Jia recently settled a lawsuit filed by Vizio over the botched acquisition, though the amount paid out was not disclosed. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future CEO’s long trail of debt is finally catching up to him," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of botched

1752, in the meaning defined above

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