misgovern


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mis·gov·ern

 (mĭs-gŭv′ərn)
tr.v. mis·gov·erned, mis·gov·ern·ing, mis·gov·erns
To govern inefficiently or badly.

mis·gov′ern·ment n.
mis·gov′er·nor n.

misgovern

(ˌmɪsˈɡʌvən)
vb
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to govern badly
ˌmisˈgovernment n
ˌmisˈgovernor n

mis•gov•ern

(mɪsˈgʌv ərn)

v.t.
to govern or manage badly.
[1375–1425; late Middle English misgovernen]
mis•gov′ern•ment, mis•gov′ern•ance, n.

misgovern


Past participle: misgoverned
Gerund: misgoverning

Imperative
misgovern
misgovern
Present
I misgovern
you misgovern
he/she/it misgoverns
we misgovern
you misgovern
they misgovern
Preterite
I misgoverned
you misgoverned
he/she/it misgoverned
we misgoverned
you misgoverned
they misgoverned
Present Continuous
I am misgoverning
you are misgoverning
he/she/it is misgoverning
we are misgoverning
you are misgoverning
they are misgoverning
Present Perfect
I have misgoverned
you have misgoverned
he/she/it has misgoverned
we have misgoverned
you have misgoverned
they have misgoverned
Past Continuous
I was misgoverning
you were misgoverning
he/she/it was misgoverning
we were misgoverning
you were misgoverning
they were misgoverning
Past Perfect
I had misgoverned
you had misgoverned
he/she/it had misgoverned
we had misgoverned
you had misgoverned
they had misgoverned
Future
I will misgovern
you will misgovern
he/she/it will misgovern
we will misgovern
you will misgovern
they will misgovern
Future Perfect
I will have misgoverned
you will have misgoverned
he/she/it will have misgoverned
we will have misgoverned
you will have misgoverned
they will have misgoverned
Future Continuous
I will be misgoverning
you will be misgoverning
he/she/it will be misgoverning
we will be misgoverning
you will be misgoverning
they will be misgoverning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been misgoverning
you have been misgoverning
he/she/it has been misgoverning
we have been misgoverning
you have been misgoverning
they have been misgoverning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been misgoverning
you will have been misgoverning
he/she/it will have been misgoverning
we will have been misgoverning
you will have been misgoverning
they will have been misgoverning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been misgoverning
you had been misgoverning
he/she/it had been misgoverning
we had been misgoverning
you had been misgoverning
they had been misgoverning
Conditional
I would misgovern
you would misgovern
he/she/it would misgovern
we would misgovern
you would misgovern
they would misgovern
Past Conditional
I would have misgoverned
you would have misgoverned
he/she/it would have misgoverned
we would have misgoverned
you would have misgoverned
they would have misgoverned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.misgovern - govern badlymisgovern - govern badly        
rule, govern - exercise authority over; as of nations; "Who is governing the country now?"
Translations

misgovern

[ˌmɪsˈgʌvən] VT & VIgobernar mal
References in classic literature ?
Well, while these things were going on in America, King James had so misgoverned the people of England that they sent over to Holland for the Prince of Orange.
He too came to power at a time when civilian governments had been deemed to misgovern Pakistan for a good 10 years and the populace in general was tired of their excesses.
That's so even if you misgovern yourself or waste your life away.
"I remember reading a book about Gandhi, when he said every nation has the right to govern itself and misgovern itself.
For Sullivan's claim that it was Macaulay's experience in India that "killed his abstract sympathy for subject peoples" (274), the earliest writing offered as evidence is a passage inserted into the essay "Sir William Temple" on Macaulay's return to England in 1838: "[...] it is in truth more merciful to extirpate a hundred thousand human beings at once and to fill the void with a well-governed population, than to misgovern millions through a long succession of generations" (196).
Hume concluded that a negotiated division was the best solution for both sides, and urged: "Let us, therefore, lay aside all Anger; shake hands, and part Friends." He would later shock his friends who were nearly all pro-government by declaring: "Besides, I am an American in my Principles, and wish we would [sic] let them alone to govern or misgovern themselves as they think proper." (34)
And a scandalized Congress still has the ability to challenge Barack Obama's right to misgovern these United States."
Many would not hesitate to argue, to the death, that leaders, even those who grossly misgovern, can only be removed by clear constitutional methods--such as a recall, before the end of his term or an election, at the end of a tenure, when the people have the right to vote him out.
Indeed, there is perhaps a prevalent belief among its leaders that they would be able to confront the Islamists if the latter were to misgovern, or to cause the country harm.
Instead, they tend to penalize the already-suffering population of the sanctioned country, more than the tyrants who misgovern it.
(This city does happen to be in an economically developed Western country where I get to have an occasional say in how I am misgoverned--or perhaps more accurately, which party gets to misgovern me--through the casting of a vote, but I am not sure that it is particularly relevant to the situation; I could live in any number of countries, north or south, east or west.) Not only do I lord it over the animal world, the plant world, and any other world that comes to mind, I am also regarded as the most developed and advanced version of my species and its forebears.
Too often, gross human rights violators enjoy impunity in the name of reconciliation as rival elites patch fences and continue to misgovern. In certain circumstances, the ICC should exercise jurisdiction where domestic leaders face legitimate domestic political constraints or refuse to hold the worst offenders accountable.