Word of the day – Misbegotten


 
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WORD OF THE DAY
September 27, 2021
 
 
 
 

misbegotten Audio pronunciation

 
adjective | miss-bih-GAH-tun
 
What It Means
 
Misbegotten means “ill-conceived.” It can also mean “having an improper origin.”
 
// The celebrity’s misbegotten tweet went viral. 
 
// The university’s Board of Trustees rejected the misbegotten plan for building a new football stadium.
 
 
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Examples of MISBEGOTTEN
 
“… one of those misbegotten oddities that cheats you out of the film you imagine you’ll be getting from its opening 10 minutes….” — Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph (London), 6 Aug. 2021
 
 
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In the beginning, there was begietan, and begietan begot beyeten; then in the days of Middle English beyeten begot begeten. All of the Old English and Middle English ancestors above basically meant the same thing as the modern beget—that is, “to father” or “to produce as an effect or outgrowth.” That linguistic line with the prefix mis- (meaning “wrongly” or “badly”) brought forth misbegotten.
 
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