Power Prefix #5: mis- – 10 Words


an instance of misfortune

Next Ulysses on the way home, dismissed by Calypso, arrives at Phæacia, from which port without further misadventures he reaches Ithaca.Adler, Felix

hatred of mankind

Dissatisfied with the world, misunderstood by everybody, his hopeful genius has turned to misanthropy.Jókai, Mór

an incorrect assumption

Weightlifting is about technique just as much as strength – it’s a misconception that weightlifters are all big bulky males!

interpret in the wrong way

Facts get misconstrued or falsified altogether, incorrect attributions are made, misinformation is spread.Forbes (Jul 19, 2012)

a state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

Dahl had misfortune in his life and suffered several tragedies.

an instance of misfortune

He was called up last week after Jeremy Guthrie jammed his right shoulder in a biking mishap.Seattle Times (May 5, 2012)

an incorrect or unsuitable name

The very term “camps” is a misnomer for the squalid, densely packed urban ghettos that have become pockets of lawlessness in an already volatile region.

a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular

Last summer, his reputation was tarnished even more when tapes of Mr. Gibson berating his girlfriend in a misogynist rant were made public.New York Times (Sep 9, 2011)

describe or present falsely

Once again mainstream media misrepresents statistical results and people reach the wrong conclusions.

a legal proceeding that is invalid or inconclusive

In May, just as opening statements were about to begin, his lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, won a mistrial after objecting to how jurors were selected.Seattle Times (Aug 15, 2012)

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