misrule

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mis- +‎ rule.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

misrule (plural misrules)

  1. The state of being ruled badly; disorder, lawlessness, anarchy. [from 15th c.]
  2. Misgovernment; bad or unjust government. [from 15th c.]
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 52:
      But in the recent past, there had been plenty of accusations and instances of Henry's oppressive misrule, of which the execution of the earl of Warwick, Suffolk's cousin, was the most recent and emphatic example.

Verb[edit]

misrule (third-person singular simple present misrules, present participle misruling, simple past and past participle misruled)

  1. (law) Of a trial judge, to make a bad decision in court.
  2. To rule badly; to misgovern.

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