Definition of Misgive

1. Verb. Suggest fear or doubt. "Her heart misgave her that she had acted inexcusably"

Generic synonyms: Vex, Worry
Derivative terms: Misgiving, Misgiving



Definition of Misgive

1. v. t. To give or grant amiss.

2. v. i. To give out doubt and apprehension; to be fearful or irresolute.

Definition of Misgive

1. Verb. (transitive archaic) to give fear or doubt to ¹

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Definition of Misgive

1. to make doubtful or fearful [v -GAVE, -GIVEN, -GIVING, -GIVES]

Medical Definition of Misgive

1. 1. To give or grant amiss. 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. "So doth my heart misgive me in these conflicts What may befall him, to his harm and ours." (Shak) "Such whose consciences misgave them, how ill they had deserved." (Milton) 3. To suspect; to dread. Origin: Misgave; Misgiven; Misgiving. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Misgive

misframing
misfuel
misfunction
misfunctioned
misfunctioning
misfunctions
misgauge
misgauged
misgauges
misgauging
misgave
misgendered
misget
misgetting
misgive (current term)
misgiven
misgives
misgiving
misgivings
misgo
misgoes
misgoing
misgone
misgot
misgotten
misgovern
misgovernance
misgoverned
misgoverning

Literary usage of Misgive

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"To misgive. misfit (mis-fit' ),H. [Omis-1 + fi&,n.] A wrong or bad fit; .... Plan» misgive aud prospects lour and look dreary on every side of me. ..."

2. The Satapatha-brâhmana: According to the Text of the Mâdhyandina School by Julius Eggeling (1900)
"But if his heart should at all misgive him, let him prepare a cake on eight ... But if his heart should at all misgive him, let him prepare a cake on eight ..."

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