misdoubt

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Etymology[edit]

From mis- +‎ doubt.

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Verb[edit]

misdoubt (third-person singular simple present misdoubts, present participle misdoubting, simple past and past participle misdoubted)

  1. (now archaic, regional) To doubt the existence or reality of.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      And though all the windes of doctrin were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licencing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 296:
      ‘Ay!’ he said. ‘I don't misdoubt it. —But twenty guineas for a bit of a paintin' as he knocked off in an hour or two—!’
  2. (now archaic, regional) To have suspicions about.
    • Shakespeare
      I do not misdoubt my wife.