Word Origin & History

Slavic masc. proper name, lit. "vengeful fame," from Rus. mstit' "to take revenge," from Proto-Slavic *misti "revenge," *mistiti "to take revenge," from PIE *mit-ti-, extended form of base *mei- "to change, go, move" (see mutable); for second element, see Slav.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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