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[mis-bi-got-n] /ˌmɪs bɪˈgɒt n/
unlawfully or irregularly begotten; illegitimate:
his misbegotten son.
badly conceived, made, or carried out:
his misbegotten plan.
Also, misbegot.
Origin of misbegotten
1540-50; mis-1 + begotten Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misbegotten
  • Scaling back political goals related to a misbegotten, failing war does not spell victory in any language.
  • Buried deep inside this misbegotten comedy is the glimmer of an idea.
  • It is difficult to conceive a more persistently blinkered and misbegotten set of policy responses to a crisis.
  • The sooner this misbegotten currency is out of our lives the better.
  • 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.
  • Along the way, on any topic whatsoever, you find some scientists that wander down some misbegotten path and get stuck.
  • Pursuing a misbegotten authenticity, the filmmakers enclose us in claustrophobic unhappiness.
  • Despite this, he argued that the idea of the university as a womb for the development of new products is misbegotten.
  • Perhaps it had something to do with a misbegotten notion that this would help him with the prospective jury pool.
British Dictionary definitions for misbegotten


unlawfully obtained: misbegotten gains
badly conceived, planned, or designed: a misbegotten scheme
(literary, dialect) Also misbegot (ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒt). illegitimate; bastard
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Word Origin and History for misbegotten

"bastard, illegitimate," 1550s, past participle adjective from obsolete misbeget (c.1300); see mis- (1) + beget.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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