Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unnatural or abnormal growth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Bad growth; an unnatural or abnormal growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abnormal growth; an excrescence.

Etymologies

mis- +‎ growth (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For among other odd burs and kecksies, the misgrowth of our luxuriant activity, we have now a READING PUBLIC ..., whose heads and hearts are dieted at the two public ordinaries of Literature, the circulating libraries and the periodical press.

    Periodical Indigestion

  • And as the normal human motives lost their force, what he calls "the Buddhist tendency in me" gathered strength year by year, until, like some strange misgrowth, it had absorbed the whole energies and drained the innermost life-blood of the personality which had developed it.

    Amiel's Journal

  • Second, -- the ignorance of natural science, their physiography scant in fact, and stuffed out with fables; their physiology imbrangled with an inapplicable logic and a misgrowth of 'entia rationalia', that is, substantiated abstractions; and their physiogony a blank or dreams of tradition, and such "intentional colours" as occupy space but cannot fill it.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • The seeming inconsistencies in the conduct and character of Hamlet have long exercised the conjectural ingenuity of critics; and, as we are always loth to suppose that the cause of defective apprehension is in ourselves, the mystery has been too commonly explained by the very easy process of setting it down as in fact inexplicable, and by resolving the phenomenon into a misgrowth or _lusus_ of the capricious and irregular genius of

    Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher

  • The seeming inconsistencies in the conduct and character of Hamlet have long exercised the conjectural ingenuity of critics; and, as we are always both to suppose that the cause of defective apprehension is in ourselves, the mystery has been too commonly explained by the very easy process of setting it down as in fact inexplicable, and by resolving the phenomenon into a misgrowth or 'lusus' of the capricious and irregular genius of Shakspeare.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • Within six years two hailstorms swept away my crops; one year was a misgrowth; there were seven floods; a rot among my sheep: all possible calamities befell me and my manor.

    The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck, Volume 2

  • There is nothing in the world so insufferable to me, as when people try, by means of certain phrases fabricated at random, or of certain traditional ceremonies, most of them a misgrowth out of historical blunders, or out of ancient usages which formerly had a very different meaning, to put themselves in connexion with what they call the invisible world, nay fancy, though they deem it an object of terrour, that they can master it thereby.

    The Old Man of the Mountain, The Lovecharm and Pietro of Abano Tales from the German of Tieck

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