• (British) IPA: /mɪˈslʌɪk/

mislike (mislikes, present participle misliking; past misliked, past participle misliked)

  1. (archaic) To displease. [from 9th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.viii:
      Mote not mislike you also to abate / Your zealous hast, till morrow next againe / Both light of heauen, and strength of men relate [...].
  2. To dislike; to disapprove of; to have aversion to. [from 13th c.]
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i], page 167 ↗, column Mor.}} Miſlike me not for my complexion, / The ſhadowed liuerie of the burniſht ſunne, / To whom I am a neighbour,and neere bred. / Bring me the faireſt creature North-ward borne, / Where Phœbus fire ſcarce thawes the yſicles, / And let vs make inciſion for your loue, / To proue whoſe blood is reddeſt,his or mine.:
    • I. Taylor
      Who may like or mislike what he says.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 130:
      And she found she didn't mislike him any longer, she felt queer and strange to him, not feared […] .
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 492:
      ‘Much as we may mislike her talk of the late cardinal appearing to her, and devils in her bedchamber, she speaks in this way because she has been taught to ape the claims of certain nuns who went before her […] .’

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