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1. To decide; to judge; to sentence; to condemn. Claudius . . . Was demed for to hang upon a tree. (Chaucer)

2. To account; to esteem; to think; to judge; to hold in opinion; to regard. For never can i deem him less him less than god. (Dryden)

Origin: oe. Demen to judge, condemn, as. Dman, fr. Dm doom; akin to OFries. Dma, os. Admian, D. Doemen, OHG. Tuommen, Icel. Daema, Sw. Domma, dan. Domme, goth. Dmjan. See Doom, and cf. Doom.