Misdoubt

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misdoubt Irresolution; hesitation.
    • Misdoubt Suspicion. "So with suspect , with fear and grief, dismayed."
    • v. t. & i Misdoubt To be suspicious of; to have suspicion. "I do not misdoubt my wife."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misdoubt To suspect; regard with suspicion.
    • misdoubt To think; have a suspicion or inkling of.
    • misdoubt To entertain doubt; have a suspicion.
    • n misdoubt Unnecessary or unworthy doubt; irresolution; hesitation.
    • n misdoubt Suspicion, as of crime or danger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misdoubt mis-dowt′ to have a doubt or suspicion regarding: to suspect
    • n Misdoubt suspicion: hesitation
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Usage

In literature:

Often had the Earl sought information about this man, and he misdoubted that he it was who had now come to the western countries.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
I misdoubt he'd marry into no sheep outfit though, at that.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
But I misdoubt me much 'twill end in your sorrow.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
I misdoubt if they look for it.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
I kinder misdoubted it las' Sunday; but I wasn't sartin.
"Elder Conklin" by Frank Harris
Only I misdoubt me that you'll turn the house topsy-turvey, as you always and ever did.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
I misdoubt me that I shall find her in sad disgrace.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
Now for the sea-chest, though I misdoubt we can fish it up.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
As this was my first experience in private hanging, I do not mind confessing that I misdoubted my powers of endurance.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
I misdoubt if it be altogether their nature.
"Joyce Morrell's Harvest" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

AY, screen thy favourite dove, fair child,
Ay, screen it if you may,--
Yet I misdoubt thy trembling hand
Will scare the hawk away.
"A Child Screening A Dove From A Hawk." by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
On lordly swards, of suave incline,
Entessellate with shade and shine,
You shall misdoubt your lowly birth,
Clad on as one of princely worth:
"A Southern Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
But Adam, lost in wide amaze,
Regarded her with troubled glances,
Misdoubting 'neath her steady gaze,
Himself to be in strange romances,
And dreamy haze:
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"O goodly children, O strong
Italian spirits, that wear
My glories as garments about you,
Could time or the world misdoubt you,
Behold, in disproof of the wrong,
The field of the grave-pits there.
"Mentana : First Anniversary" by Algernon Charles Swinburne