transitive + intransitive
: 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
: 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
: to mistake for something or someone else
- … the poverty ye know, which we for wealth misdeem …
- —Aubrey De Vere