Definition of misgovern in English:



  • Govern (a state or country) unfairly or inefficiently.

    • ‘Orsini was born in Meldola, in 1819, in a fragmented Italy misgoverned by Austria and various local tyrants.’
    • ‘He came to see the Soviets as ‘sincere enthusiasts trying to regenerate a people who had been shockingly misgoverned.’’
    • ‘The stories are set in the 1190s, with King Richard away on crusade and his shifty brother John misgoverning the country.’
    • ‘Our country is misgoverned largely because of the media.’
    • ‘He warned that global stability was threatened by ‘distant and misgoverned parts of the world’ and ‘failed states’, countries like Britain had a duty to create ‘order out of chaos’.’
    • ‘If we can keep our unity, we can turf out of their seats those who have misgoverned the country.’
    • ‘It's difficult to get reliable information about the political and social situation in a lot of developing countries because the ruling classes which still misgovern too many of them prefer it that way.’
    • ‘Start with the amazed discovery of the White House, the Defense Department and the permanently embedded US press corps that nations don't care to be invaded, even if they have been misgoverned by a tyrant for decades.’
    • ‘When he later accused Washington's hawks of misgoverning Iraq, they raided his house and threatened him with arrest.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the Alliance members, most of whom belong to Uzbek and Tajik ethnic minorities, had misgoverned the country in the early 1990s.’
    • ‘But it's not just the fault of the men who misgovern you.’
    • ‘As President Mwanawasa said it is sad that Africa had for a long time attracted corrupt leaders who misgoverned their nations and perpetuated conflicts so that they could benefit.’
    make a mess of, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, butcher, mess up
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