misbegotten

[mis-bi-got-n]
adjective
1.
unlawfully or irregularly begotten; illegitimate: his misbegotten son.
2.
badly conceived, made, or carried out: his misbegotten plan.
Also, misbegot.


Origin:
1540–50; mis-1 + begotten

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misbegotten (ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒtən)
 
adj
1.  unlawfully obtained: misbegotten gains
2.  badly conceived, planned, or designed: a misbegotten scheme
3.  literary, dialect Also: misbegot illegitimate; bastard

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misbegotten
"bastard, illegitimate," 1550s, pp. adj. from obsolete misbeget (c.1300); see mis- (1) + beget.
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Example sentences
Scaling back political goals related to a misbegotten, failing war does not spell victory in any language.
The danger lies when those with political power seek to ally the faithful for their own misbegotten ends.
Even so, attributing surprising powers to the moon is not as misbegotten an idea as it sounds.
Buried deep inside this misbegotten comedy is the glimmer of an idea.
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