Misemploy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Misemploy To employ amiss; as, to misemploy time, advantages, talents, etc. "Their frugal father's gains they misemploy ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misemploy To employ wrongly or uselessly; make a bad, ineffective, or purposeless use of: as, to misemploy one's means or opportunities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misemploy mis-em-ploi′ to employ wrongly or amiss: to misuse
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “What most clearly characterizes true freedom and its true employment is its misemployment.”

Usage

In literature:

Oh, the precious opportunity you have misemployed!
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
You must not be misemployed any longer.
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
Yet, bred in errors, thou dost misemploy That strength heaven gave thee, and its flock destroy.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
To turn one of his colonels into my Spanish master would be seriously to misemploy his precious time.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
I began to think that my industry had been misemployed.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I have had the best masters, and I hope I have not misemployed my time.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
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In news:

Held the first Thursday of each month, Tabernacle 's Career Ministry provides career assistance to citizens in Bartow County that are unemployed or misemployed.
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