misrule

verb
mis·rule | \ ˌmis-ˈrül \
misruled; misruling; misrules

Definition of misrule 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to rule incompetently : misgovern

misrule

noun

Definition of misrule (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of misruling : the condition of being misruled

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Examples of misrule in a Sentence

Verb

accused of misruling his island nation to the point of economic collapse

Noun

The people of that country have endured many years of misrule. the country's long period of misrule had made it a hotbed for terrorist organizations
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Zaire of the 1970s had already started a long, steady descent under Mobutu’s misrule that led to its economic collapse and civil war two decades later. The Economist, "Sticky fingersThe dictators who ruined Africa," 11 Jan. 2018 The power is the right to misrule a country without concern for the general welfare of nations or its own citizens. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Refusing to honor fear," 4 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Many of South Africa’s recent economic travails have been the direct result of the nine-year misrule of the former president Jacob Zuma, who presided over the moral collapse and debasement of the ANC. Peter Godwin, WSJ, "Mandela’s Troubled Legacy," 13 July 2018 Venezuela’s implosion and Nicaragua’s misrule and growing violence threaten to reverse this progress and destabilize the region. Margarita Herdocia, Time, "Nicaragua Is Heading Down the Same Dark Path as Venezuela," 13 June 2018 But this seems to have lost much of its appeal after 14 years of misrule by Shia religious parties. The Economist, "Fifteen years after America’s invasion, Iraq is getting back on its feet," 28 Mar. 2018 Thirty-seven years of misrule by the ZANU-PF had made many citizens mistrustful. Karan Mahajan, The New Republic, "After the Strongman," 26 Mar. 2018 The violence in northern Sinai, stoked by years of Egyptian misrule and the emergence of radical extremist groups in the region, shows little sign of waning. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Israel’s growing ties with former Arab foes," 5 Feb. 2018 Iraq’s Shia rulers thus risk repeating the misrule of Saddam Hussein, the late Sunni dictator: his suppression and displacement of Iraq’s Kurds fuelled their desire for independence, and his repression of Shias helped fan sectarian hatred. The Economist, "The failure to rebuild Mosul could let Islamic State return," 12 Oct. 2017 Who knows what this country will look like after four years of his misrule. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "John Fortunato kicks off campaign for Jefferson Parish sheriff Thursday," 19 Oct. 2017 Now living in western Europe, Mr Kovalev is a piercing critic of Vladimir Putin’s misrule of Russia. The Economist, "Look back in angerHow Russia went wrong, as told from the inside," 16 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of misrule

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misrule was in the 14th century

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misrule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of misrule

: bad government

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