deem (v.)

Old English deman "to judge, condemn, think, compute," from Proto-Germanic *domjan, denominative of *domaz, from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put" (compare doom). Originally "to pronounce judgment" as well as "to form an opinion." The two judges of the Isle of Man were called deemsters in 17c., a title formerly common throughout England and Scotland and preserved in the surname Dempster.

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