mis·​ed·​u·​cate ˌmis-ˈe-jə-ˌkāt How to pronounce miseducate (audio)
miseducated; miseducating

transitive verb

: to educate (someone) in a poor, improper, or harmful manner
… libraries and museums, newspapers, radio and most recently television have shared significantly in educating (and miseducating) Americans.Amy Gutmann

Examples of miseducate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web We are woefully miseducated in our country about these early years of the republic. Sophia Nguyen, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 Increasingly popular curricula don’t just miseducate our kids. Samantha Hedges, National Review, 2 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miseducate was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Miseducate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miseducate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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