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European History. A form of secret tribunal operating in Germany (especially Westphalia) during the later Middle Ages.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Coxe. From German Femgericht, Femegericht, † Vehmgericht, † Fehmgericht from Feme, † Vehme, † Fehme + Gericht court, tribunal (Middle High German gerihte: see below), after Middle Low German vēmgerichte.
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