American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To behave badly.
- v. To behave (oneself) in an inappropriate way: The children misbehaved themselves at dinner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To behave ill; conduct one's self improperly or indecorously.
- To conduct (one's self) ill: with the reflexive pronouns: as, he misbehaved himself.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To behave ill; to conduct one's self improperly; -- often used with a reciprocal pronoun.
- v. behave badly
- mis- + behave (Wiktionary)
“The Carnival tradition of wearing masks, role reversal, anonymity, and general license to misbehave is still common throughout the Catholic world.”
“If you widen the terms of reference to say conflict diamonds include all governments who misbehave, that is a different process," said Izhakoff.”
“Not even Torquemada would have entertained some of the tortures that they want visited on offending players and other fans who "misbehave".”
“Of course this doesn't mean anyone should be allowed to deliberately "misbehave" if his/her general contribution is acknowledged valuable, but it makes a difference whether somebody registers here just to rant and rave, or if it's obvious that the respective "defendant" occasionally "loses patience" in face of blatantly (and obviously purposeful) ignorant "arguments", while he/she generally contributes highly valuable aspects to OpEdNews.”
“Annother nice example that the debate is far from over, simply stick to the dogma and pressure those who "misbehave" will not work forever. ...”
“My father didn't allow us to "misbehave" (I realize that is a judgment so I'll acknowledge that it's my definition of misbehaving) in public.”
“Re cultures killing women who "misbehave," that is loathsome, of course, but how is this infecting the West?”
“I don't think that what we as central bankers are doing is a moral hazard in that we are not rescuing specific institutions and therefore not giving stimuli to other institutions to "misbehave" in the future.”
“I too would fear that the students would "misbehave" and this is the main motivation behind my not wanting to incorporate as much technology into my instruction as I probably should.”
“McGAHEE: Well, he seemed like a normal guy, you know, just walking in, until he started to kind of misbehave, and he seemed like he's under the influence of drugs, like he was red in the face.”
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wrongly; badly; unsuitably
My big word list.
A list based on words and ideas from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
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