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mis- 1

1. Bad; badly; wrong; wrongly: misconduct.
2. Failure; lack: misfire.
3. Used as an intensive: misdoubt.

[Partly from Middle English mis- (from Old English) and partly from Middle English mes-, mis- (from Old French); see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mis- 2

Variant of miso-.


1. wrong, bad, or erroneous; wrongly, badly, or erroneously: misunderstanding; misfortune; misspelling; mistreat; mislead.
2. lack of; not: mistrust.
[Old English mis(se)-; related to Middle English mes-, from Old French mes-; compare Old High German missa-, Old Norse mis-]


a variant of miso-


or M.I.S.,

management information system.


a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
[Middle English; Old English mis(se)-; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Norse mis-, Old High German missa-, missi-, Gothic missa- (see miss1)]


var. of miso- before some vowels: misanthrope.
References in classic literature ?
But Sandy was radiant; and was going to be eloquent -- but I stopped her, and told her my magic had mis- carried, somehow or other, and she must mount, with all despatch, and we must ride for life.
Very soon after my return to Baltimore, my mis- tress, Lucretia, died, leaving her husband and one child, Amanda; and in a very short time after her death, Master Andrew died.
At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a mis- sionary enterprise.