Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a child or children born to unmarried parents.
  • adj. Not lawfully obtained: misbegotten wealth.
  • adj. Having an improper basis or origin; ill-conceived: misbegotten ideas about education.

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  • adj. born out of wedlock; illegitimate
  • adj. ill-conceived

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  • adj. born out of wedlock

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Examples

  • The increases are in line with promises President-elect Barack Obama made during his campaign to pull forces from what he calls a misbegotten Iraq war and concentrate on a neglected Afghanistan.

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  • The increases are in line with promises President-elect Barack Obama made during the campaign this year to pull forces out of what he calls a misbegotten Iraq war and concentrate on a neglected Afghanistan.

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  • U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has repeatedly committed to send three or four additional brigades, creating a total of 20,000 more troops, into Afghanistan in 2009, as his new administration shifts focus away from what he's called the misbegotten Iraq war.

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  • One kind of misbegotten movie derided by C. B.'s possee has gotta be George Cukor's lugubrious My Fair Lady, also shown on TCM this weekend.

    View from the Northern Border

  • Kanshin would have thought that this "Hadanelith" was some kind of misbegotten sport, created from a normal man by the mad magic, if he had not once seen the Emperor's kestra-chern, The Silver Veil, with his own eyes.

    The White Gryphon

  • My completely irresponsible speculation is that perhaps (a) as others have postulated, it’s some kind of misbegotten effort to force Fitz’s hand, or (b) they’ve gotten some kind of vibe that an indictment is coming down.

    Firedoglake » Dear WSJ…

  • Bush is a serial failure without a single success in his long, drunken, sordid, misbegotten career.

    Matalin: With Afghan surge, Obama resembles George W. Bush

  • One need not minimize the danger of Beck's rhetoric in order to wonder why JFSJ -- which has significant credibility among progressives -- has not mounted an equally passionate critique of misbegotten analogies on the left.

    EXCLUSIVE: Holocaust historian's quote used to slam Beck without permission

  • The misbegotten, misunderstood 2007 NIE on Iran allowed the urgency of the situation to be denied.

    How the End Begins

  • As I learned from reading a roll of the Waco dead, for instance, more than half of those killed during the misbegotten tank attack in 1993 were racial or ethnic minorities, 39 out of 74 to be precise, six of them Hispanic, six of Asian descent, and a full 27 of them black, ages six to sixty-one.

    Deconstructing Obama

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