mis|giv|ing [mısˈgıvıŋ] n [U and C]
a feeling of doubt or fear about what might happen or about whether something is right
misgiving about
Despite her misgivings about leaving the baby, she decided to accompany her husband.
grave/serious/deep misgivings
Some politicians have expressed grave misgivings about the scheme.
Opponents of nuclear energy have deep misgivings about its safety.
She eyed the distant shoreline with misgiving.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • misgiving — misgiving; un·misgiving; …   English syllables

  • misgiving — mis*giv ing, n. Evil premonition; doubt; distrust; a feeling of apprehension; used commonly in the plural. Suspicious and misgivings. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misgiving — I noun anxietude, anxiety, anxious concern, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, concern, critical attitude, disquiet, distrust, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, fear, fearfulness, forbodement, foreboding, gaingiving, hesitation, inquietude …   Law dictionary

  • misgiving — (n.) c.1600, feeling of mistrust or sudden apprehension, from misgive cause to feel doubt (1510s), usually said of one s heart or mind, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + GIVE (Cf. give) in its Middle English sense of suggest. Related: Misgivings …   Etymology dictionary

  • misgiving — foreboding, presentiment, *apprehension Analogous words: mistrust, distrust (see under DISTRUST vb): suspicion, doubt, skepticism, *uncertainty: *fear, alarm, dread, fright …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • misgiving — [n] uncertainty anxiety, apprehension, apprehensiveness, distrust, doubt, fear, foreboding, hesitation, mistrust, premonition, prenotion, presage, presentiment, qualm, reservation, scruple, suspicion, unbelief, unease, worry; concepts 21,689,690… …   New thesaurus

  • misgiving — [mis΄giv′iŋ] n. [see MISGIVE] a disturbed feeling of fear, doubt, apprehension, etc.usually used in pl. SYN. QUALM …   English World dictionary

  • misgiving — UK [ˌmɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ] / US [mɪsˈɡɪvɪŋ] noun [countable/uncountable, often plural] Word forms misgiving : singular misgiving plural misgivings a feeling of fear or doubt about whether something is right or will have a good result Chris eyed him with… …   English dictionary

  • Misgiving — Misgive Mis*give , v. t. [imp. {Misgave}; p. p. {Misgiven}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Misgiving}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give or grant amiss. [Obs.] Laud. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: To give doubt and apprehension to, instead of confidence and courage; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misgiving — mis|giv|ing [ mıs gıvıŋ ] noun count or uncount often plural a feeling of fear or doubt about whether something is right or will have a good result: Chris eyed him with misgiving. have/express (your) misgivings (about): Richard expressed… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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