Power Prefix #5: mis- 10 words

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "mis-" (meaning "hatred" or "incorrectly").
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ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. misadventure
    an instance of misfortune
    Next Ulysses on the way home, dismissed by Calypso, arrives at Phæacia, from which port without further misadventures he reaches Ithaca.
    Adler, Felix
  2. misanthropy
    hatred of mankind
    Dissatisfied with the world, misunderstood by everybody, his hopeful genius has turned to misanthropy.
    Jókai, Mór
  3. misconception
    an incorrect conception
    Weightlifting is about technique just as much as strength – it's a misconception that weightlifters are all big bulky males!
    The Guardian (Aug 2, 2012)
  4. misconstrue
    interpret in the wrong way
    Facts get misconstrued or falsified altogether, incorrect attributions are made, misinformation is spread.
    Forbes (Jul 19, 2012)
  5. misfortune
    an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    Dahl had misfortune in his life and suffered several tragedies.
    BBC (Sep 12, 2012)
  6. mishap
    an instance of misfortune
    He was called up last week after Jeremy Guthrie jammed his right shoulder in a biking mishap.
    Seattle Times (May 5, 2012)
  7. misnomer
    an incorrect or unsuitable name
    The very term "camps" is a misnomer for the squalid, densely packed urban ghettos that have become pockets of lawlessness in an already volatile region.
    Time (Aug 20, 2010)
  8. misogynist
    a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular
    Last summer, his reputation was tarnished even more when tapes of Mr. Gibson berating his girlfriend in a misogynist rant were made public.
    New York Times (Sep 9, 2011)
  9. misrepresent
    represent falsely
    Once again mainstream media misrepresents statistical results and people reach the wrong conclusions.
    Economist (Sep 11, 2012)
  10. mistrial
    a trial that is invalid or inconclusive
    In May, just as opening statements were about to begin, his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, won a mistrial after objecting to how jurors were selected.
    Seattle Times (Aug 15, 2012)