• WordNet 3.6
    • v misgive suggest fear or doubt "Her heart misgave her that she had acted inexcusably"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misgive Specifically: To give doubt and apprehension to, instead of confidence and courage; to impart fear to; to make irresolute; -- usually said of the mind or heart, and followed by the objective personal pronoun. "So doth my heart misgive me in these conflicts
      What may befall him, to his harm and ours."
      "Such whose consciences misgave them, how ill they had deserved."
    • Misgive To give or grant amiss.
    • v. i Misgive To give out doubt and apprehension; to be fearful or irresolute. "My mind misgives ."
    • Misgive To suspect; to dread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misgive To give or grant amiss.
    • misgive To give doubt or apprehension to; make apprehensive; cause to hesitate: used of the mind, heart, conscience, etc., with a pronoun for object, or with the object unexpressed.
    • misgive To give way to doubt; be apprehensive; hesitate.
    • misgive To give way; break down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Misgive mis-giv′ to fill with doubt: to destroy confidence
    • v.i Misgive to fail, as the heart: to give way to doubt
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  • Robert Browning
    “The grand perhaps! We look on helplessly, there the old misgivings, crooked questions are.”


In literature:

With some misgivings, I wandered on to the great kitchen where Tim and I had had such a fright.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
In short, Charlie's visit was inevitable, and as he looked forward to it he writhed in misgiving and anxiety.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
The misgivings of the Classics were justified.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
He was soon past all qualms, regrets, or misgivings.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
But he was exceedingly perturbed by misgivings.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Some had their misgivings on certain material points.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
She's sick with doubt and misgiving.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
The engineer took the cage at his door, and, not without some misgivings, took it upstairs into the parlour and set it on the table.
"Sea Urchins" by W. W. Jacobs
Some misgivings as to her own conduct on that occasion are now felt.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It was a good stout one and he had no real misgivings.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller

In poetry:

I asked of ancient gaffers three
The way of their ripe living,
And this is what they told to me
Without Misgiving.
"The Centenarians" by Robert W Service
In silence Batu heard the tale;
And long he sat in troubled thought
For Sapar's words distressed his soul
And to his mind misgivings brought.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Reconciled by death's mild hand, that giving
Peace gives wisdom, not more strong than mild,
Love beholds them, each without misgiving
"Concord" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
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
List not to the whispering treason,
Misgivings that make thee to start.
Look not through the cold eyes of reason
Through thy wild eyes look, O my heart.
"The Afterglow" by Manmohan Ghose
Oh what a kiss
With filial passion overcharged is this!
To this misgiving breast
The child runs, as a child ne'er ran to rest
Upon the light heart and the unoppressed.
"The Modern Mother" by Alice Meynell

In news:

Confirming Wall Street's Misgivings About Newspapers.
Mayor Vincent C Gray has made it clear he has misgivings over a DC Council-driven referendum to fast-track the city's effort to spend local funds as it pleases.
Two years ago, Larry Ford had no misgivings about how others might perceive him.
Rising fees and scandals have fueled consumer misgivings about banks, driving them to an alternative: credit unions.
Late last year, a little-known Democratic Presidential candidate confided deep misgivings about his party's revamped nomination process.
We had some concerns that the 34 faculty and staff members of Baylor University's busy School of Social Work might have misgivings about moving into the old Wells Fargo bank building downtown this week.
HomepageNewsStanford University Officials Express Misgivings About NYC Tech Campus Negotiations.
Despite initial misgivings, the folks at O-Ku have embraced the after-dark crowd.
Yes, without reservation 25% – Yes, with misgivings 20% – No, it's not fair to taxpayers 55.
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.
First of All … Can I dispose with my Ikea misgivings.
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.
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.

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