misdeem

verb, transitive + intransitive mis·deem \ ˌmis-ˈdēm \

Definition of misdeem

misdeemed; misdeeming
archaic
1 I : 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
2 T
a : to have a mistaken opinion of : misjudge
  • Nor misdeem me, that I … should be thus bold.
  • —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
b : to think or suppose wrongly
  • … but he misdeems that he is wise …
  • —Percy Bysshe Shelley
3 T : to mistake for something or someone else
  • … the poverty ye know, which we for wealth misdeem
  • —Aubrey De Vere

First Known Use of misdeem

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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