Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bad; badly; wrong; wrongly: misconduct.
  • Failure; lack: misfire.
  • Used as an intensive: misdoubt.
  • Variant of miso-.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • bad, badly, wrong, wrongly
  • lack or failure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix used adjectively and adverbially in the sense of amiss, wrong, ill, wrongly, unsuitably.

Etymologies

Partly from Middle English mis- (from Old English) and partly from Middle English mes-, mis- (from Old French); see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mis-, from Old English mis- ("mis-"), from Proto-Germanic *missa- (“wrongly, badly”), from Proto-Indo-European *mitto (“mutual, reciprocal”), from Proto-Indo-European *meyt- (“to replace, switch, exchange, swap”). Cognate with Scots mis- ("mis-"), Dutch mis- ("mis-"), German miss-, mis- ("mis-"), Swedish mis- ("mis-"), Icelandic mis- ("mis-"). Compare also French més-, mé- ("mis-"), from Old French mes- ("mis-"), from Frankish *mis-, *missa- (“mis-”), from the same Proto-Germanic source above. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He does not, however, represent recognizable Jewish thought or practice in his mis- representations of the Torah and other Jewish sancta -- or for that matter, New Testament and Christian biblical interpretation and theology.

    Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.: Eddie Long Is Not A 'King'

  • And it was a message that was a heat-seeking mis- sile aimed at otherwise clear-thinking individuals who come from the most coddled, overprotected, information-drenched generation in American history.

    OBAMA ZOMBIES

  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore's rules serve "as a protection from hopefully mis- selling from the bankers to the clients."

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Others will say let's not do it if the results of the test are so prone to mis- or over-interpretation.

    NPR Topics: News

  • In the real world, we often cannot, in part because so much mis- and disinformation competes for our attention.

    NYT > Home Page

  • July 27 Bloomberg -- Banco Santander SA, Spain's biggest bank, said second-quarter profit dropped 38 percent as Spanish loan provisions surged and it set aside funds for customers mis- sold personal-loan insurance in the U.K.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • But I do have a problem with irresponsible "guns for hire" spreading mis- and dis-information on companies solely for the purpose of accommodating short sellers.

  • She’s only a baby; an innocent baby with the mis- fortune to end up with me as a mother.

    Color Me Grey

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