\ 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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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 The week after Trump’s inauguration, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a botched raid north of Abyan that was anticipated by al-Qaeda. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "U.S. airstrikes are pounding the group in Yemen, yet the militants fight on fiercely," 6 July 2018 Even if Thursday’s cuts and business sales solve the problems with its first botched acquisition, Bayer still needs to deal with its second mess—mounting lawsuits against Roundup. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Another Bad Deal for Bayer," 29 Nov. 2018 In June, the nation's highest court ordered that Correa be included in the investigation into the botched 2012 kidnapping of Balda in Bogota, Colombia, where the outspoken legislator had sought refuge after an escalating feud with the president. Gonzalo Solano, Fox News, "Ex-Ecuador president ordered jailed after missing court date," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of botched

1752, in the meaning defined above

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