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[mis-dout] /mɪsˈdaʊt/
verb (used with or without object)
to doubt or suspect.
doubt or suspicion.
Origin of misdoubt
1530-40; mis-1 + doubt Unabridged
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  • "I misdoubt if we'll have Queen's weather tomorrow," said Cooper, squinting critically at the sky.

  • No sir, for by that meanes should I be certaine of that which I now misdoubt.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • There be moments when I misdoubt me if my wife hath the needful firmness.

    True Stories of Girl Heroines Evelyn Everett-Green
  • I misdoubt I will be distressin'ly sick wid it in the mornin'.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • Now, all that the dogs can stand, Uncle, for I misdoubt well be hard-pressed to keep the life in him till we get him back to camp.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • "I misdoubt you'll play the bear," said Pawlett, with a dry smile.

  • The ways of God are past our finding out, Yet what He holds as good shall we misdoubt?

    Laments Jan Kochanowski
  • I never misdoubted it, nor ever will; but I do misdoubt Dent.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • I misdoubt that my boxes will be sent after me from the rebel camp.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • We put him in charge of a woman, who said she'd take care of him, but I misdoubt her.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
British Dictionary definitions for misdoubt


an archaic word for doubt, suspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for misdoubt

"to have doubts (of the reality of something)," 1540s; see mis- (1) + doubt (v.). Related: Misdoubted; misdoubting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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