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Examples of misbegotten in a Sentence
a misbegotten child who never knew his father
Recent Examples of misbegotten from the Web
As her memory of that misbegotten night improves, Cassie remembers details about another woman - some kind of business associate of Alex's - who visited the hotel room and knocked back vodka while remaining unnervingly sober.
And the tendency to protect students from ideas is so misbegotten that lawmakers can’t go too far wrong by simply reinforcing First Amendment protections.
Down in critical categories - points, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage - during the misbegotten Thomas experiment, James sometimes seemed as disinterested as anyone.
Now, with a single misbegotten turn of phrase, Trump had turned them from petulant protesters into principled defenders of the First Amendment.
The misbegotten project, now stalling, should never have been started.
And 2015’s A Bigger Splash relies on the den of iniquity on the island of Pantelleria in which its protagonists pursue their misbegotten fates.
The committee heard from the architects of that misbegotten adventure, and from the people opposing it.
Sadly, this misbegotten exercise is unlikely to break its losing streak.
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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.
MISBEGOTTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misbegotten for English Language Learners
: badly planned or thought out
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