One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dialect, archaic Have doubts about the truth, reality, or existence of.‘he always misdoubted his own ability’
- ‘He defended freedom of speech on the ground that ‘though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously to misdoubt her strength.’’
- ‘And when His Highness Messer Astore heard this thing he at once raised his camp and came and entered into Perugia, for he misdoubted that they were minded to come up against Perugia, forasmuch as they had a great part of the citizens friendly to them and faithful allies.’
- ‘Then he invited a deputation of the people to come in and search his house if that they misdoubted his word.’
- ‘If any here misdoubts my veracity, see, here is a letter received by the last packet from my honored father.’
- ‘Thou hast spoken out very plain to me, and misdoubted me, Susan; I love thee so, that thy words cut me.’
2Fear or be suspicious about.‘for I fear my father, and I misdoubt his hindrances’disbelieve, distrust, mistrust, suspect, lack confidence in, have doubts about, be suspicious of, have suspicions about, have misgivings about, feel uneasy about, feel apprehensive about, call into question, cast doubt on, query, question, challenge, dispute, have reservations aboutView synonyms
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