mis·​deem ˌmis-ˈdēm How to pronounce misdeem (audio)
misdeemed; misdeeming
intransitive archaic : to be mistaken : hold a wrong opinion
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.William Morris
transitive, archaic
: to have a mistaken opinion of : misjudge
Nor misdeem me, that I … should be thus bold.Edward Bulwer-Lytton
: to think or suppose wrongly
… but he misdeems that he is wise …Percy Bysshe Shelley
transitive archaic : to mistake for something or someone else
… the poverty ye know, which we for wealth misdeemAubrey De Vere

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdeem was in the 14th century

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“Misdeem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdeem. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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