misspense

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mis- +‎ spense, shortened form of expense.

Noun[edit]

misspense (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Improper spending; waste.
    • 1680, Isaac Barrow, Of the love of God and our neighbour, in several sermons:
      So that now to engage in contest about them, may be reasonably deemed nothing more than a wilful mispense of our time, labour and good humour [...]

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