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misrule

[mis-rool] /mɪsˈrul/
noun
1.
bad or unwise rule; misgovernment.
2.
disorder or lawlessness.
verb (used with object), misruled, misruling.
3.
to misgovern.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English misreulen (v.), misreule (noun). See mis-1, rule
Related forms
misruler, noun
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  • Years of misrule by short-sighted ideologues have led to economic collapse.
  • But corruption, unemployment and misrule have worsened.
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  • Focuses on political misrule through the use of statistics.
  • It is not a mantra for misrule by mentally paralyzed, moral pygmies.
  • misrule and theft have exacerbated poverty and lawlessness.
  • Gross misrule and mismanagement by these military officers who mistrust civilians have left the country in ruins.
  • All these are the legacies of decades of dictatorial misrule and a myriad of self-inflicted constraints and policy errors.
British Dictionary definitions for misrule

misrule

/ˌmɪsˈruːl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to govern inefficiently or without humanity or justice
noun
2.
inefficient or inhumane government
3.
disorder
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Word Origin and History for misrule
n.

late 14c., "bad government of a state;" see mis- (1) + rule (n.). Meaning "disorderly conduct or living" is from c.1400, obsolete except in Lord of Misrule, one chosen to preside over Christmas games in a great house (late 15c.).

v.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + rule (v.). Related: Misruled; misruling.

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