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Examples of misbegotten in a sentence
a misbegotten child who never knew his father
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.
First Known Use of misbegotten
MISBEGOTTEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misbegotten for English Language Learners
: badly planned or thought out
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