Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Miscount transitive verb & i. [ Confer Old French mesconter , French mécompter . Confer Miscompute .] To count erroneously.

Miscount noun [ Confer French mécompte error, Old French mesconte .] An erroneous counting.

Miscovet transitive verb To covet wrongfully. [ Obsolete]

Miscreance, Miscreancy noun [ Old French mescreance , French mécréance incredulity.] The quality of being miscreant; adherence to a false religion; false faith. [ Obsolete] Ayliffe.

Miscreant noun [ Old French mescreant , French mécréant ; prefix mes- (L. minus less) + present participle from Latin credere to believe. See Creed .]


1. One who holds a false religious faith; a misbeliever. [ Obsolete] Spenser. De Quincey.

Thou oughtest not to be slothful to the destruction of the miscreants , but to constrain them to obey our Lord God.
Rivers.

2. One not restrained by Christian principles; an unscrupulous villain; a vile wretch. Addison.
[ 1913 Webster]

Miscreant adjective
1. Holding a false religious faith.

2. Destitute of conscience; unscrupulous. Pope.

Miscreate adjective Miscreated; illegitimate; forged; as, miscreate titles. [ Obsolete or Poet.] Shak.

Miscreate transitive verb To create badly or amiss.

Miscreated adjective Formed unnaturally or illegitimately; deformed. Spenser. Milton.

Miscreative adjective Creating amiss. [ R.]

Miscredent noun [ Prefix mis- + credent . Confer Miscreant .] A miscreant, or believer in a false religious doctrine. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.

Miscredulity noun Wrong credulity or belief; misbelief. Bp. Hall.

Miscue noun (Billiards) A false stroke with a billiard cue, the cue slipping from the ball struck without impelling it as desired.

Misdate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Misdated ; present participle & verbal noun Misdating .] To date erroneously. Young.

Misdeal transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Misdealt ; present participle & verbal noun Misdealing .] To deal or distribute wrongly, as cards; to make a wrong distribution.

Misdeal noun The act of misdealing; a wrong distribution of cards to the players.

Misdeed noun [ Anglo-Saxon misdǣd . See Deed , noun ] An evil deed; a wicked action.

Evils which our own misdeeds have wrought.
Milton.

Syn. -- Misconduct; misdemeanor; fault; offense; trespass; transgression; crime.

Misdeem transitive verb To misjudge. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Misdemean transitive verb To behave ill; -- with a reflexive pronoun; as, to misdemean one's self.

Misdemeanant noun One guilty of a misdemeanor. Sydney Smith.

Misdemeanor noun
1. Ill behavior; evil conduct; fault. Shak.

2. (Law) A crime less than a felony. Wharton.

» As a rule, in the old English law, offenses capitally punishable were felonies; all other indictable offenses were misdemeanors. In common usage, the word crime is employed to denote the offenses of a deeper and more atrocious dye, while small faults and omissions of less consequence are comprised under the gentler name of misdemeanors . Blackstone.

The distinction, however, between felonies and misdemeanors is purely arbitrary, and is in most jurisdictions either abrogated or so far reduced as to be without practical value. Confer Felony . Wharton.

Syn. -- Misdeed; misconduct; misbehavior; fault; trespass; transgression.

Misdempt obsolete past participle of Misdeem . Spenser.

Misdepart transitive verb To distribute wrongly. [ Obsolete]

He misdeparteth riches temporal.
Chaucer.

Misderive transitive verb
1. To turn or divert improperly; to misdirect. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

2. To derive erroneously.

Misdescribe transitive verb To describe wrongly.

Misdesert noun Ill desert. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Misdevotion noun Mistaken devotion.

Misdiet noun Improper diet. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Misdiet transitive verb To diet improperly.

Misdight adjective Arrayed, prepared, or furnished, unsuitably. [ Archaic] Bp. Hall.

Misdirect transitive verb To give a wrong direction to; as, to misdirect a passenger, or a letter; to misdirect one's energies. Shenstone.

Misdirection noun
1. The act of directing wrongly, or the state of being so directed.

2. (Law) An error of a judge in charging the jury on a matter of law. Mozley & W.

Misdisposition noun Erroneous disposal or application. Bp. Hall.

Misdistinguish transitive verb To make wrong distinctions in or concerning. Hooker.

Misdivide transitive verb To divide wrongly.

Misdivision noun Wrong division.

Misdo (mĭs*dō") transitive verb [ imperfect Misdid ; past participle Misdone ; present participle & verbal noun Misdoing .] [ Anglo-Saxon misdōn . See Do , v. ]


1. To do wrongly.

Afford me place to show what recompense
Towards thee I intend for what I have misdone .
Milton.

2. To do wrong to; to illtreat. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Misdo intransitive verb To do wrong; to commit a fault.

I have misdone , and I endure the smart.
Dryden.

Misdoer noun A wrongdoer. Spenser.

Misdoing noun A wrong done; a fault or crime; an offense; as, it was my misdoing .

Misdoubt transitive verb & i. To be suspicious of; to have suspicion. [ Obsolete]

I do not misdoubt my wife.
Shak.

Misdoubt noun
1. Suspicion. [ Obsolete]

2. Irresolution; hesitation. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Misdoubtful a Misgiving; hesitating. [ Obsolete] "Her misdoubtful mind." Spenser.

Misdread noun Dread of evil. [ Obsolete]

Mise noun [ French mise a putting, setting, expense, from mis , mise , past participle of mettre to put, lay, from Late Latin mittere to send.]


1. (Law) The issue in a writ of right.

2. Expense; cost; disbursement. [ Obsolete]

3. A tax or tallage; in Wales, an honorary gift of the people to a new king or prince of Wales; also, a tribute paid, in the country palatine of Chester, England, at the change of the owner of the earldom. [ Obsolete]

Misease noun [ Middle English mesaise , Old French mesaise .] Want of ease; discomfort; misery. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Miseased adjective Having discomfort or misery; troubled. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Miseasy adjective Not easy; painful. [ Obsolete]

Misedition noun An incorrect or spurious edition. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Miseducate transitive verb To educate in a wrong manner.