mis·​give | \ ˌmis-ˈgiv How to pronounce misgive (audio) \
misgave\ -​ˈgāv How to pronounce misgave (audio) \; misgiven\ -​ˈgi-​vən How to pronounce misgiven (audio) \; misgiving

Definition of misgive

transitive verb

: to suggest doubt or fear to

intransitive verb

: to be fearful or apprehensive

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But White House officials expressed increasing misgiving about the scandals surrounding the former Oklahoma attorney general. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Embattled Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator," 5 July 2018 An extraordinary painterly sensitivity expressed itself in the person of a young black male, the locus of terror and misgiving in a racist society. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of misgive

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of misgive was circa 1535

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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