fehme

noun, often capitalized
feh·​me | \ ˈfāmə\
plural fehmen or fehmes

Definition of fehme

1 : a late medieval German secret tribunal
2 : a unit of a secret Nazi organization intent upon seeking out and executing those considered enemies of National Socialism

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History and Etymology for fehme

German feme, from Middle High German (Westphalian dialect) vēme; akin to Old Frisian fēma to outlaw, Middle Dutch veme secret tribunal

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