misdeem

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English misdemen, equivalent to mis- +‎ deem. Cognate with Icelandic misdæma (to misjudge).

Verb[edit]

misdeem (third-person singular simple present misdeems, present participle misdeeming, simple past and past participle misdeemed)

  1. 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.

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