• (RP) IPA: /ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɒtn̩/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌmɪsbɪˈɡɑtn̩/


  1. (of a person) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate.
  2. (by extension, figuratively) Ill-conceived.
    • 2012 March 22nd, Scott Tobias, “[http://www.avclub.com/articles/cabin-boy,71269/ Cabin Boy]” in The A.V. Club:
      Many of the strangest, most misbegotten studio films of the last 20 years have been comedies, perhaps because middle-aged executives have no comprehension of what the younger generation finds funny.
  3. (by extension) Bad; worthless.
  1. Past participle of misbeget

misbegotten (plural misbegotten)

  1. (obsolete, sometimes, derogatory) One born illegitimately (i.e., out of wedlock); a bastard.
  2. (loosely, in the plural) A person born into infelicitous circumstances.
    • 1973, Philippa Foot, “Nietzsche: The Revaluation of Values” in Nietzsche: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Robert C. Solomon, Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, ISBN 0385033443, page 161:
      By preserving the incapable and “misbegotten”, and by insisting that they be the object of compassionate attention, it would cause even the strong to be infected with gloom and nihilism.

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