{{11}}misrule (n.) late 14c., "bad government of a state;" see MIS- (Cf. mis-) (1) + RULE (Cf. rule) (n.). Meaning "disorderly conduct or living" is from c.1400, obsolete except in Lord of Misrule, one chosen to preside over Christmas games in a great house (late 15c.).
{{12}}misrule (v.) late 14c., from MIS- (Cf. mis-) (1) + RULE (Cf. rule) (v.). Related: Misruled; misruling.

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