Definitions

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  • v. To misjudge, to deem wrongly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To misjudge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To judge erroneously; misjudge; mistake in judging.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • 8 Covered with darkness and misdeeming night, misdeeming > {Misleading; to "misdeem" is also to misjudge unfavourably, to deem evil} 9 Them both together laid, to joy in vain delight. vain > weak, foolish; _or, since their bodies are made of air: _ unavailing, insubstantial

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

  • Also at such times is the rich man become fearful, and so waxeth in cruelty, and of that cruelty do people misdeem that it is power and might waxing.

    A Dream of John Ball and a King's Lesson

  • Lancelot would willingly have sent salute to the Queen had he durst, for she lay nearer his heart than aught beside, but he would not that the King nor Messire Gawain should misdeem of the love they might carry to their kinswoman.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • I marvelled at this, that I was bidden to speak out, and began to misdeem, and gave an ear to the chimney; and, sir, there I heard a pen walking in the chimney, behind the cloth.

    The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)

  • Where gentlest judgments may misdeem, it is a great relief to turn to the bequest that he has left to (p.  191) the world in his poetry.

    Robert Burns

  • Nor misdeem me, that I, humble, unmitred priest, should be thus bold.

    Harold : the Last of the Saxon Kings — Volume 02

  • Milton; _e. g._ _mislike_, _misdeem_, _miscreated_, _misthought_ (all obsolete).

    Milton's Comus

  • Whereby nevertheless, lest any man should be dismayed by example of other folks 'calamity, and misdeem that God doth resist all attempts intended that way, I thought good, so far as myself was an eye-witness, to deliver the circumstance and manner of our proceedings in that action; in which the gentleman was so unfortunately encumbered with wants, and worse matched with many ill-disposed people, that his rare judgment and regiment premeditated for those affairs was subjected to tolerate abuses, and in sundry extremities to hold on a course more to uphold credit than likely in his own conceit happily to succeed.

    Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland

  • Whereby nevertheless, lest any man should be dismayed by example of other folks’ calamity, and misdeem that God doth resist all attempts intended that way, I thought good, so far as myself was an eye-witness, to deliver the circumstance and manner of our proceedings in that action; in which the gentleman was so unfortunately encumbered with wants, and worse matched with many ill-disposed people, that his rare judgment and regiment premeditated for those affairs was subjected to tolerate abuses, and in sundry extremities to hold on a course more to uphold credit than likely in his own conceit happily to succeed.

    Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s Voyage to Newfoundland. Paras. 1-49

  • 4 His sense abused, and made him to misdeem abused > deceived misdeem > misjudge

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

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