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misgiving

[mis-giv-ing] /mɪsˈgɪv ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Often, misgivings. a feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; misgive + -ing1
Related forms
misgivingly, adverb
unmisgiving, adjective
unmisgivingly, adverb
Synonyms
suspicion, mistrust, hesitation. See apprehension.

misgive

[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
1.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
2.
to be apprehensive.
Origin
1505-15; mis-1 + give
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Examples from the web for misgiving
  • Finds doubt, uncertainty and confusion about dyslexia and considerable misgiving.
  • It will not be so easy to put aside a further misgiving.
British Dictionary definitions for misgiving

misgiving

/mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.
(often pl) a feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, or doubt

misgive

/mɪsˈɡɪv/
verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
1.
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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Word Origin and History for misgiving
n.

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.

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