misbegotten

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mis- +‎ begotten

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misbegotten (plural not attested)

  1. (obsolete, sometimes used abusively) One born illegitimately (i.e., out of wedlock); a bastard.
  2. (loosely, quasi-nominal collective, as “the misbegotten [are]) That set of people born into infelicitous circumstances.
    • 1973, Philippa Foot, “Nietzsche: The Revaluation of Values” in Nietzsche: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Robert C. Solomon, Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, ISBN 0385033443, page 161:
      By preserving the incapable and “misbegotten”, and by insisting that they be the object of compassionate attention, it would cause even the strong to be infected with gloom and nihilism.

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misbegotten (comparative more misbegotten, superlative most misbegotten)

  1. (of a person) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
  2. (by extension, figuratively) Ill-conceived.
    • 2012 March 22nd, Scott Tobias, “Cabin Boy” in The A.V. Club:
      Many of the strangest, most misbegotten studio films of the last 20 years have been comedies, perhaps because middle-aged executives have no comprehension of what the younger generation finds funny.
  3. expressing contempt, disdain, or hatred

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