From Middle English misdemen, equivalent to mis- + deem. Cognate with Icelandic misdæma (“to misjudge”).
misdeem (third-person singular simple present misdeems, present participle misdeeming, simple past and past participle misdeemed)
- To misjudge, to deem wrongly.
- 1500s, Edmund Spenser, sonnet:
- The doubt which ye misdeem, fair love, is vain, / That fondly fear to lose your liberty; / […]
- 1600, Edward Fairfax, The Jerusalem Delivered of Tasso, X, xxxviii:
- Nor say I this for that I aught misdeem / That Egypt's promis'd succors fail us might.