mis·​guid·​ed | \ (ˌ)mis-ˈgī-dəd How to pronounce misguided (audio) \

Definition of misguided

: led or prompted by wrong or inappropriate motives or ideals well-meaning but misguided do-gooders

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Other Words from misguided

misguidedly \ (ˌ)mis-​ˈgī-​dəd-​lē How to pronounce misguided (audio) \ adverb
misguidedness \ (ˌ)mis-​ˈgī-​dəd-​nəs How to pronounce misguided (audio) \ noun

Examples of misguided in a Sentence

She's been getting a lot of bad advice from misguided friends. He blames the crisis on the government's misguided economic policies. a misguided attempt to help
Recent Examples on the Web Sweden and Finland were not going to suffer the same fate through misguided restraint. New York Times, 16 May 2022 And many of these misguided individuals are anti-Semites who visit their terror upon Jewish people. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 16 May 2022 The show seemingly leans into every misguided stereotype and trope the filmmakers could find. Daryl Austin, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Old varnish needed to be stripped away; misguided restorers seeking to improve the masterwork a century earlier had painted over many icons. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 The creation of this task force appears to be a misguided attempt by states to override federal authority over immigration policy. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 The misguided attempt at giving advice prompted swift backlash. Cady Lang, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 This continues the tragedy of funding our EV infrastructure with misguided grants rather than understanding what is actually needed by relying on both market forces and the desires of actual drivers. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 While there is immense value in fully operationalizing the decentralized internet, many of these efforts are half-baked or misguided, resulting in a lack of adoption and live use cases at a reasonable scale. Nitin Kumar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misguided was in 1500

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“Misguided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misguided. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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mis·​guid·​ed | \ mis-ˈgī-dəd How to pronounce misguided (audio) \

Kids Definition of misguided

: having or resulting from mistaken ideas or values misguided advisers a misguided attempt


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