misdemean

1 of 2

transitive verb

mis·​de·​mean
¦misdə̇¦mēn,
-stə̇-
archaic
: to behave (oneself) badly
you that best should teach us, have misdemeaned yourselfShakespeare

misdemean

2 of 2

noun

"
archaic
: an act of misbehavior
if any convict shall … commit any misdemeanS. J. Barrows

Word History

Etymology

Transitive verb

mis- entry 1 + demean (verb)

Noun

mis- entry 1 + demean (noun)

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“Misdemean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdemean. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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