Misgive Mis*give", v. t. [imp. {Misgave}; p. p. {Misgiven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Misgiving}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give or grant amiss. [Obs.] --Laud. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: To give doubt and apprehension to, instead of confidence and courage; to impart fear to; to make irresolute; -- usually said of the mind or heart, and followed by the objective personal pronoun. [1913 Webster]

So doth my heart misgive me in these conflicts What may befall him, to his harm and ours. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Such whose consciences misgave them, how ill they had deserved. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To suspect; to dread. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • misgiving — misgiving; un·misgiving; …   English syllables

  • misgiving — mis*giv ing, n. Evil premonition; doubt; distrust; a feeling of apprehension; used commonly in the plural. Suspicious and misgivings. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misgiving — I noun anxietude, anxiety, anxious concern, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, concern, critical attitude, disquiet, distrust, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, fear, fearfulness, forbodement, foreboding, gaingiving, hesitation, inquietude …   Law dictionary

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  • misgiving — foreboding, presentiment, *apprehension Analogous words: mistrust, distrust (see under DISTRUST vb): suspicion, doubt, skepticism, *uncertainty: *fear, alarm, dread, fright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • misgiving — [mis΄giv′iŋ] n. [see MISGIVE] a disturbed feeling of fear, doubt, apprehension, etc.usually used in pl. SYN. QUALM …   English World dictionary

  • misgiving — UK [ˌmɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ] / US [mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ] noun [countable/uncountable, often plural] Word forms misgiving : singular misgiving plural misgivings a feeling of fear or doubt about whether something is right or will have a good result Chris eyed him with… …   English dictionary

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