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
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Recent Examples on the Web The angst stemmed from another misguided belief within QAnon, the extremist ideology that claims Trump has been working in secret to overthrow a cabal of blood-drinking, Satan-worshipping Democratic pedophiles. Washington Post, "At the Capitol, a March 4 threat from militant Trump supporters proves a mirage," 4 Mar. 2021 The intermingling of religious faith, conspiratorial thinking, and misguided nationalism on display at the Capitol offered perhaps the most unequivocal evidence yet of the American church’s role in bringing the country to this dangerous moment. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Wasting of the Evangelical Mind," 4 Mar. 2021 Every personnel error — a bad signing, a reckless trade, a misguided cut, a draft miscalculation — will have significant ramifications. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy face a pivotal 2 months to reboot the Chicago Bears. And they must put critical thinking ahead of wishful thinking.," 3 Mar. 2021 And because there are far too many misguided critics willing to insinuate on social media that African Americans are only concerned about protesting violence when the perpetrator is a white police officer yet ignore the deadly turmoil otherwise. IndyStar, "Everyone counted these kids out. But this 38th Street football team defies expectations.," 1 Mar. 2021 As Katrina, Reese and Ames attempt to come to terms with their own desires; their biases and misguided perceptions of one another, of gender, and of race float to the top. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'Detransition, Baby' Is as Good as Everyone Says It Is," 1 Mar. 2021 Proponents of the name, on the other hand, see the effort to change the name as an attempt to erase the institution’s history and a misguided response to calls for a politically correct culture. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Senate close to breaking impasse over stalled Dixie State name change bill," 24 Feb. 2021 However, in the decades since the industrialization of cities, disinvestment, and misguided efforts to compete with suburban shopping malls, the community declined, and hit the lowest point in the 200s. Jessica Morgan, refinery29.com, "From Black Wall Street To Bristol: The Past, Present and Future of Black Communities Around The World," 23 Feb. 2021 Layered onto those factors was the misguided optimism that nothing like the recent winter blast could have reached Texas. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Texas crisis reminds us that ‘natural’ disasters are almost always manmade," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of misguided

1500, in the meaning defined above

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“Misguided.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misguided. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misguided

: having wrong or improper goals or values
: resulting from wrong or improper goals or values


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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