Power Prefix: mis-

Learn these words beginning with the prefix mis, meaning "hatred" or "incorrectly."

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  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 assumption
    It’s a common misconception that all readers are introverts when in fact many bibliophiles long for community and connection.Los Angeles Times (Aug 16, 2019)
  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
    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble
    In later life, a mixture of blessings and misfortunes drew them ever closer together.Tiger, Tiger
  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
    “Transcontinental” is a bit of a misnomer, for it refers to railroads built from the Mississippi River, where they connected to the existing national rail system, to the Pacific coast.Seattle Times (Apr 5, 2019)
  8. misogyny
    hatred of women
    Even when well-intentioned, his characters tend to be mired in old ways of thinking, which means there are elements of machismo, misogyny and racism in the humor.Los Angeles Times (Aug 14, 2019)
  9. misrepresent
    describe or present falsely
    They misrepresented potential risks, accepted large fees up front, and bilked millions of dollars from small investors.Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
  10. mistrial
    a legal proceeding that is invalid or inconclusive
    The jury was unable to reach a consensus regarding the felony murder charge, and a mistrial was declared on that count.Dear Martin
Created on October 24, 2012 (updated August 20, 2019)

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