from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A feeling of doubt, distrust, or apprehension. See Synonyms at qualm.
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- n. doubt, apprehension, a feeling of dread
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Evil premonition; doubt; distrust; a feeling of apprehension; -- used commonly in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A failing of confidence; doubt; distrust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. painful expectation
- n. uneasiness about the fitness of an action
- n. doubt about someone's honesty
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This was quite intolerable; a misgiving was a warning voice from God, which should be attended to as a man valued his soul.
I read with some kind of misgiving a statement at the CRTC hearing which says "lack of determination, vigour and purpose in addressing the objectives of Parliament".
The impressions his mind had received while passing the churchyard, now returned upon him with added gloom; a kind of misgiving came over him; and a thousand boding thoughts haunted him like spirits, and hanging, as it were, on his heart, dragged it down farther and farther at every step.
At the bottom of all the agitation a wedding sets going in us all there is lying, I think a kind of misgiving, a secret pity for the fate of the poor rose which is picked now and must forthwith wither; and our boisterous jollification is but an awkward barely successful effort at concealing it.
But, if we take the story in the Acts of the Apostles, there is not the smallest foothold for the fashionable notion, which is entirely due to men's dislike of the supernatural, that there was any kind of misgiving in the young Pharisee, springing from the influence of
a misgiving which is strengthened by reflecting on all those to him incomprehensible inferences to which the admission of the argument leads him, and which seem almost to involve contradictions.
I looked with misgiving toward the south-west and thought of the six hundred miles of hardship before us — ay, if it were no worse than hardship.
The latter hesitated in the midst of the cut and looked around with querulous misgiving at the faces of the others.
He exudes brisk, straightforward confidence, without pretense or misgiving.
In a globalized media community, the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina brought the reality of sexual violence to living rooms around the world and the genocide in Rwanda filled the world with guilt and misgiving.