• WordNet 3.6
    • n misgiving doubt about someone's honesty
    • n misgiving painful expectation
    • n misgiving uneasiness about the fitness of an action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n misgiving Evil premonition; doubt; distrust; a feeling of apprehension; -- used commonly in the plural. "Suspicious and misgivings ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n misgiving A failing of confidence; doubt; distrust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misgiving mistrust
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  • Robert Browning
    “The grand perhaps! We look on helplessly, there the old misgivings, crooked questions are.”


In literature:

The master of the house laughed aloud at her misgivings.
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
With misgivings but with high hopes the appointment was made.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
As a remedy for this isolation that filled them with misgivings they both thought of having the newly married couple come to live with them.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
And he had no misgivings.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
One thing about Ruth puzzled him very much, and with a vague misgiving she saw it did so.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Next day, the 28th of April, despite my misgivings, my men fulfilled their promise, and led me into Tali on the ninth day out from Yunnan.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
She ate hardly at all, for she was troubled by many misgivings.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
His only misgivings on that point lay in the confusion of mind as to the few days then covered.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
To the misgivings were added a gasp of astonishment.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The man who was now acting as sentinel was a past master at the art, and there need be no misgiving while he was on duty.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
Brown, I think, was troubled by a similar misgiving.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
Doubt, misgiving, fear, vanished on the moment.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Joe Ferris, who had started on the hunt with misgivings, had no misgivings whatever now.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Miss Tarlton happily had no misgivings about her reception.
"The Arbiter" by Lady F. E. E. Bell
After many misgivings Napoleon chose Villeneuve to succeed at Toulon.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
Rowland, with some misgivings, drank a small quantity of the liquor, and wrapping the still sleeping child in the coat, stepped out on the ice.
"The Wreck of the Titan" by Morgan Robertson
Doubtless the man must have his misgivings about her and about what is to happen now.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
So this long and simple love-letter from Bud, while satisfying the cravings of the lover, stirred up again the misgivings of the doubter.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
He suffered from constant misgivings.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The cloud of misgiving passed away from him; he settled down to the game.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

Thus by aspirations lifted,
By misgivings downward driven,
Human hearts are tossed and drifted
Midway between earth and heaven.
"King Trisanku. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So easy 'tis to rhyme . . . yet stay!
Oh, terrible misgiving!
Please do not give the game away . . .
I've got to make my living.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
'And when misgivings weighed on me
In my lover's absence, hurriedly,
And much distrest,
I took you…. Ah, that such could be!…
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
Thus, should thy soul misgiving turn
Back to the enchanted air,
Solace and warning thou mayst learn
From all that tempts thee there.
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
We are still as in a dungeon living,
Still oppressed with sorrow and misgiving;
Our undertakings
Are but toils, and troubles, and heart-breakings.
"Blessed Are The Dead. (From The German)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then stirred the god within the breast--
The witness that is man's at birth;
A deep misgiving undermined
Each plea and subterfuge of earth;
They felt in that rapt pause, with warning rife,
Horror and anguish for the civil strife.
"A Meditation" by Herman Melville

In news:

They all, as you might expect, proffer more misgivings than thanksgivings.
Most folks expressed misgivings during Buccaneer 's meetings over the way industrialization would change our communities and over Buccaneer 's apparent incompetency and lack of candor.
A businessman, Khaled al-Qahtani, 38, decided to join the boycott even though he also has misgivings about Islamists.
The judge said he, Platt and the Ohio Supreme Court "have some misgivings" about combining two part-time judgeships into the Cortland location.
With the recent controversy over Rep Peter King's radicalization hearings, it was interesting to see Muslim Americans have the same misgivings about Muslim community leaders that the congressman does.
First of All … Can I dispose with my Ikea misgivings.
The Western Athletic Conference, for all of its depletions, for all of its misgivings, could have a heck of a league this year.
Perhaps with a little information we can help correct some of his misgivings.
Misguided Misgivings about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
Misguided Misgivings about the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
After securing federal funding and spending about $134,000, some Morgan County Council members have misgivings about constructing a new animal control facility.
I had misgivings about it right fromthe start.
With misgivings, of course, but I have failed to arrive at anything so solid as a "view," being.
More than a dozen members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission to note their misgivings about the proposed merger of pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc and Medco Health Solutions Inc.
General Motors and alliance partner PSA Peugeot Citroen have halted talks on a deeper tie-up amid misgivings about the French carmaker's worsening finances and government-backed bailout, people familiar with the matter said.

In science:

One referee has misgivings about this paper because of our claim that monotonicity in practical directions is an intuitively desirable property.
A test for equality of multinomial distributions vs increasing convex order
But many will admit, if pressed, that thermodynamics is something that they are sure that someone else understands and they will confess to some misgiving about the logic of the steps in traditional presentations that lead to the formulation of an entropy function.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics