American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Disorder or lawless confusion.
- n. Inept or unwise rule; misgovernment.
- v. To rule ineptly, unjustly, or unwisely; misgovern.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Bad rule; misgovernment; wrongful exercise of power or authority.
- n. Absence of control or restraint; insubordination; disorder.
- To rule badly; govern unwisely or oppressively.
- v. law Of a trial judge, to make a bad decision in court.
- v. To be inefficient in government management.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To rule badly; to misgovern.
- n. The act, or the result, of misruling.
- n. Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination.
- n. government that is inefficient or dishonest
- From mis- + rule. (Wiktionary)
“Your first two years may serve as a blueprint for how David Cameron acts after the Conservatives win the next general election and the true scale of Labour misrule is exposed.”
“He shall show that Christ's errand into the world was to set things to right in it, and to introduce times of reformation and regeneration; and he proves it by this, that the prince of this world, the great master of misrule, is judged and expelled.”
“He is set to inherit, come January 2009, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1920s; the complete and bloody mess Bush and his cronies have made of Iraq, and Afghanistan; a health service which, in the world's biggest democracy, is an absolute disgrace of inequality and poor or non-existent provision; and, a view of the US internationally which could not be more damning or dire and yet, until now, under Dubya's two-term misrule, was entirely justified on grounds of the outgoing administration's inexhaustible arrogance and insane 'go it alone and to hell with the rest of you' policies.”
“If the Conservative policy is to strengthen the Union it would seem the only way to go - they can hardly start saying that Labour misrule was a good thing and the Conservatives will do it more and better.”
“One of the prominent characteristics of winter celebrations was the idea of misrule, in which social roles were temporarily reversed.”
“Casey told reporters Tuesday that Mugabe's "misrule" has turned”
“If, after ten years of Labour "misrule", the result is that "we're living in a new world of freedom … etc.", what do we need the Conservatives for?”
“In ideas such as misrule, you get a sense of the "spirit of Christmas" long before the Christian religion or capitalism existed.”
“He added that Ram Bux had always opposed the alleged 'misrule' of Samajwadi Party government.”
“He was also very critical of BNP-Jamaat Coalition Government 'misrule' saying that during its erstwhile five-year tenure, the BNP did not do anything except the widespread corruption and resorted to repression on AL leaders and activists in a large scale.”
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