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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
  • I went to your house with a good deal of misgiving, Mr. Paine.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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 doubt if either of them entertained a misgiving as to what must be the issue.

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

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • When this misgiving passed, it was succeeded by something of the nature of regret.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • With a misgiving heart, Mrs. Winston took her sister's letter to their mother.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • She had simply marched in without a shadow of misgiving to make me back her up.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • He asks if any of them has any doubt or misgiving as to the Buddha, or the truth, or the faith, or the way.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
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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