Definitions

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

  • n. Disorder or lawless confusion.
  • n. Inept or unwise rule; misgovernment.
  • transitive v. To rule ineptly, unjustly, or unwisely; misgovern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Of a trial judge, to make a bad decision in court.
  • v. To be inefficient in government management.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To rule badly; to misgovern.
  • n. The act, or the result, of misruling.
  • n. Disorder; confusion; tumult from insubordination.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. government that is inefficient or dishonest

Etymologies

From mis- +‎ rule. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • 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.

    British Blogs

  • 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 Large Donor Please.....

  • One of the prominent characteristics of winter celebrations was the idea of misrule, in which social roles were temporarily reversed.

    Happy Christmakwanzakah

  • Casey told reporters Tuesday that Mugabe's "misrule" has turned

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 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?

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • In ideas such as misrule, you get a sense of the "spirit of Christmas" long before the Christian religion or capitalism existed.

    Happy Christmakwanzakah

  • He added that Ram Bux had always opposed the alleged 'misrule' of Samajwadi Party government.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • 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.

    The New Nation

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