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 attacks are believed to stem mainly from misguided anger about the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'Disgusting and horrific': Two Asian women stabbed in downtown San Francisco, police say; suspect arrested," 5 May 2021 In my experience, kids are rarely forthcoming about these things, assuming parents either won't get it or may limit their freedom to keep an eye on them at home in a misguided attempt to help. John Duffy, CNN, "Teen stress has been heightened by a year of pandemic. Here's how to help them," 4 May 2021 In a year of political panic and misguided shutdowns, Mr. Fields and his fellow ballers, who were never at high risk from Covid, represented an encouraging break from lockdown mania. James Freeman, WSJ, "Rookie of the Year," 30 Apr. 2021 While Jean-Baptiste Lamarck is best known for his misguided ideas about the mechanisms of evolution, the French naturalist was right about the problem of species. Zach St. George, Harper's Magazine, "Birds of a Feather," 27 Apr. 2021 Without question, the most misguided choice of the night was the decision to announce Best Picture earlier than usual and close the show with the presentations of Best Actress and Actor. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "Oscars 2021 Was Not a Movie. It Was Prestige TV.," 26 Apr. 2021 Mondale’s instincts were right, but his effort failed: Carter went ahead with one of the most misguided speeches in presidential history. Tevi Troy, Washington Examiner, "Walter Mondale, 1928-2021," 22 Apr. 2021 Here's why the NCAA is just as misguided as it is wrongheaded: Women's college basketball is profitable. Star Tribune, "Weight room debacle again demonstrates NCAA's ridiculous treatment of women's basketball," 21 Mar. 2021 Whether the inspiration is a momentary lapse in judgment or a misguided attempt at humor or familiarity does not matter. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Friend puts foot in mouth during video call," 21 Apr. 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 11 May. 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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