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[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin of misgiving
1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation. See apprehension.


[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
to be apprehensive.
1505-15; mis-1 + give Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for misgiving
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  • His face was grave again, and she noticed it with a sudden throb of misgiving.

    With Edged Tools Henry Seton Merriman
  • "Oh, of course not," he replied, again stifling a misgiving.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • I should have felt no reproach or misgiving had it been otherwise, but his apparent giving up, and hopelessness, touched me.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • I can't account for the misgiving I have,' he said, sighing.

  • Then, indeed, I had no misgiving save that inspired by the last words of the Honourable George.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • From the prolonged silence that followed I felt a sense of misgiving.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • With a misgiving heart, Mrs. Winston took her sister's letter to their mother.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • It was the sullen brigand who spoke, and his companions eyed him with some misgiving.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Upon his dark face, with its overhanging forelock, flickered no ghost of misgiving; no hint of any weakening or excitement.

    The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
  • Bemis, with misgiving: "Why, no, it never occurred to me that he was."

    Five O'Clock Tea W. D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for misgiving


(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt


verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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Word Origin and History for misgiving

c.1600, "feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension," from misgive "cause to feel doubt" (1510s), usually said of one's heart or mind, from mis- (1) + give in its Middle English sense of "suggest." Related: Misgivings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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