misrule

  • 1 Misrule — Mis*rule , n. 1. The act, or the result, of misruling. [1913 Webster] 2. Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination. [1913 Webster] Enormous riot and misrule surveyed. Pope. [1913 Webster] {Abbot of Misrule}, or {Lord of Misrule}. See under …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Misrule — Misrule, Lord of →↑Lord of Misrule, the …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 Misrule — Mis*rule , v. t. & i. To rule badly; to misgovern. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 misrule — I noun anarchism, anarchy, breakdown of administration, chaos, confusion, disorder, disorganization, impolicy, lawlessness, maladministration, malfeasance, misconduct, misdirection, misgovernment, misguidance, mishandling, mismanagement, turmoil …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 misrule — ► NOUN 1) unfair or inefficient government. 2) disruption of peace; disorder. ► VERB ▪ govern badly …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 misrule — [mis ro͞ol′, mis′ro͞ol΄] vt. misruled, misruling to rule badly or unjustly; misgovern n. 1. misgovernment 2. disorder or riot …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 misrule — {{11}}misrule (n.) late 14c., bad government of a state; see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + RULE (Cf. 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 misrule — [[t]mɪ̱sru͟ːl[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to someone s government of a country as misrule, you are critical of them for governing their country badly or unfairly. He was arrested last December, accused of corruption and misrule...… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 misrule — mis|rule [ˌmısˈru:l] n [U] formal bad government ▪ The country has suffered years of misrule by a weak and corrupt government …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 misrule — mis|rule [ mıs rul ] noun uncount FORMAL bad government of a country: a country that has had to tolerate years of misrule a. MAINLY LITERARY uncontrolled or violent behavior …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 misrule — noun (U) formal bad government: years of misrule by a weak and corrupt government …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 misrule — UK [mɪsˈruːl] / US [mɪsˈrul] noun [uncountable] formal a) bad government of a country a country that has had to tolerate years of misrule b) mainly literary uncontrolled or violent behaviour …

    English dictionary

  • 13 misrule — I. transitive verb Date: 14th century to rule incompetently ; misgovern II. noun Date: 14th century 1. the action of misruling ; the condition of being misruled 2. disorder, anarchy …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 misrule — misruler, n. /mis roohl /, n., v., misruled, misruling. n. 1. bad or unwise rule; misgovernment. 2. disorder or lawlessness. v.t. 3. to misgovern. [1300 50; ME misreulen (v.), misreule (n.). See MIS 1, RULE] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 15 misrule — 1. noun a) A bad or unwise rule. b) The error of a trial judge during a trial. 2. verb a) Of a trial judge, to make a bad decision in court. b) To be …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 misrule — Synonyms and related words: anarchism, anarcho syndicalism, anarchy, antinomianism, bad policy, be negligent, chaos, confusion, criminal syndicalism, disorder, disorderliness, disorganization, disruption, distemper, fabulous formless darkness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 misrule — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. mismanagement, mis government; confusion, tumult, disorder. See unskillfulness. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. mismanagement, chaos, anarchy, mobacracy; see disorder 2 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 misrule — mɪs ruːl n. poor management, evil government v. manage badly, govern in an evil manner …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 misrule — noun unfair or inefficient government. ↘disorder. verb govern badly …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 misrule — n. 1. Mismanagement, misgovernment, maladministration. 2. Disorder, anarchy, confusion, tumult, riot …

    New dictionary of synonyms