Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Miriness noun The quality of being miry.
[ See Murky
.] Dark; gloomy; murky. Spenser. Mrs. Browning.
Mirk noun Darkness; gloom; murk. "In mirk and mire." Longfellow.
Mirksome adjective Dark; gloomy; murky. [ Archaic] Spenser. -- Mirk"some*ness , noun [ Archaic]
Mirky adjective Dark; gloomy. See Murky .
[ French] A kind of musical toy into which one sings, hums, or speaks, producing a coarse, reedy sound.
Trilby singing "Ben Bolt" into a mirliton was a thing to be remembered, whether one would or no! Du Maurier.
[ Middle English mirour
, French miroir
, Old French also mireor
, from (assumed) Late Latin miratorium
, from mirare
to look at, Latin mirari
to wonder. See Marvel
, and confer Miracle
.] 1. A looking-glass or a speculum; any glass or polished substance that forms images by the reflection of rays of light.
And in her hand she held a mirror bright, Spenser. 2. That which gives a true representation, or in which a true image may be seen; hence, a pattern; an exemplar.
Wherein her face she often viewèd fair.
She is mirour of all courtesy. Chaucer.
O goddess, heavenly bright, Spenser. 3. (Zoology) See Speculum . Mirror carp (Zoology)
Mirror of grace and majesty divine.
, a domesticated variety of the carp, having only three or fur rows of very large scales side.
-- Mirror plate
. (a) A flat glass mirror without a frame
. (b) Flat glass used for making mirrors.
-- Mirror writing
, a manner or form of backward writing, making manuscript resembling in slant and order of letters the reflection of ordinary writing in a mirror. The substitution of this manner of writing for the common manner is a symptom of some kinds of nervous disease.
Mirror transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mirrored
; present participle & verbal noun Mirroring
.] To reflect, as in a mirror.
.] See Projector , below.
[ Middle English mirthe
, Anglo-Saxon myrð
. See Merry
.] 1. Merriment; gayety accompanied with laughter; jollity.
Then will I cause to cease . . . from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth . Jer. vii. 34. 2. That which causes merriment.
[ Obsolete] Shak. Syn.
-- Merriment; joyousness; gladness; fun; frolic; glee; hilarity; festivity; jollity. See Gladness
Mirthful adjective 1. Full of mirth or merriment; merry; as, mirthful children. 2. Indicating or inspiring mirth; as, a mirthful face.
Mirthful , comic shows. Shak.
Mirthless adjective Without mirth. -- Mirth"less*ness , noun
[ From 2d Mire
.] Abounding with deep mud; full of mire; muddy; as, a miry road.
Miryachit noun [ Written also myriachit .] [ Yakoot merjäk epileptic, from imerek jerk, rage.] (Medicine) A nervous disease in which the patient involuntarily imitates the words or action of another.
Mirza noun [ Persian mīrzā , abbrev. from mīrzādeh son of the prince; mīr prince (Ar. amīr , emīr ) + zādeh son.] The common title of honor in Persia, prefixed to the surname of an individual. When appended to the surname, it signifies Prince .
(mĭs) adjective & adverb
[ See Amiss
.] Wrong; amiss.
[ Obsolete] "To correcten that [ which] is mis
(mĭs-). [ In words of Teutonic origin, from Anglo-Saxon mis-
; akin to Dutch mis-
, German miss-
, Old High German missa-
, Icelandic & Danish mis-
, Swedish miss-
, Goth. missa-
; orig., a past participle from the root of German meiden
to shun, Old High German mīdan
, Anglo-Saxon mīðan
(√100. Confer Miss
to fail of). In words from the French, from Old French mes-
, French mé-
, from Latin minus
less (see Minus
). In present usage these two prefixes are commonly confounded.] A prefix used adjectively and adverbially in the sense of amiss, wrong, ill, wrongly, unsuitably; as, mis deed, mis lead, mis chief, mis creant.
Misacceptation noun Wrong acceptation; understanding in a wrong sense.
Misaccompt transitive verb To account or reckon wrongly. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Misadjust transitive verb To adjust wrongly of unsuitably; to throw of adjustment. I. Taylor.
Misadjustment noun Wrong adjustment; unsuitable arrangement.
[ Middle English mesaventure
, French mésaventure
.] Mischance; misfortune; ill luck; unlucky accident; ill adventure. Chaucer. Homicide by misadventure (Law)
, homicide which occurs when a man, doing a lawful act, without any intention of injury, unfortunately kills another; -- called also excusable homicide . See Homicide . Blackstone. Syn.
-- Mischance; mishap; misfortune; disaster; calamity.
Misadventured adjective Unfortunate. [ Obsolete]
Misadventurous adjective Unfortunate.
Misadvertence noun Inadvertence.
Misadvice noun Bad advice.
Misadvise transitive verb To give bad counsel to.
Misadvised adjective Ill advised. -- Mis`ad*vis"ed*ly adverb
Misaffect transitive verb To dislike. [ Obsolete]
Misaffected adjective Ill disposed. [ Obsolete]
Misaffection noun An evil or wrong affection; the state of being ill affected. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
Misaffirm transitive verb To affirm incorrectly.
Misaimed adjective Not rightly aimed. Spenser.
Misallegation noun A erroneous statement or allegation. Bp. Hall.
Misallege transitive verb To state erroneously.
[ French mésalliance
.] A marriage with a person of inferior rank or social station; an improper alliance; a mesalliance.
A Leigh had made a misalliance , and blushed Mrs. Browning.
A Howard should know it.
Misallied adjective Wrongly allied or associated.
Misallotment noun A wrong allotment.
Misalter transitive verb To alter wrongly; esp., to alter for the worse. Bp. Hall.
[ Greek misa`nqrwpos
to hate + 'a`nqrwpos
a man; confer French misanthrope
. Confer Miser
.] A hater of mankind; a misanthropist.
Misanthropic, Misanthropical adjective [ Confer French misanthropique .] Hating or disliking mankind.
Misanthropist noun A misanthrope.
[ New Latin See Misanthrope
.] A misanthrope.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Misanthropy noun [ Greek ...: confer French misanthropie .] Hatred of, or dislike to, mankind; -- opposed to philanthropy . Orrery.
Misapplication noun A wrong application. Sir T. Browne.
Misapply transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Misapplied
; present participle & verbal noun Misapplying
.] To apply wrongly; to use for a wrong purpose; as, to misapply a name or title; to misapply public money.
Misappreciated adjective Improperly appreciated.
Misapprehend transitive verb To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand. Locke.
Misapprehension noun A mistaking or mistake; wrong apprehension of one's meaning of a fact; misconception; misunderstanding.
Misapprehensively adverb By, or with, misapprehension.