misact

verb
mis·act | \ ˌmis-ˈakt \
misacted; misacting

Definition of misact 

1 intransitive : 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 transitive : 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

Other words from misact

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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