misact

verb mis·act \ ˌmis-ˈakt \

Definition of misact

misacted; misacting
transitive + intransitive
1 I : to act or behave in an improper or incorrect manner
  • In football, you get a 15-yard penalty if you do something like gouge an unsuspecting running back in the eyes. … In soccer, if you misact, they hand out little cards, which I think say, "Don't do that again or we'll give you another little card."
  • —Jim Brewer
2 T : to perform a part or role in a poor or unsuitable manner
  • Actors and managers have not always penetration enough to dive into the truth of character and are therefore content to receive it from tradition and misact it …
  • —William Popple

misact

noun, plural misacts
    • This includes misacts of employees who fail to recognize or appreciate risks in the workplace …
    • —Mark A. Friend and James P. Kohn

First Known Use of misact

1651

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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