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A form of secret tribunal operating in Germany during the later Middle Ages; (in extended use) a secret or unauthorized tribunal; Vehmgericht.
Early 19th century. From German Feme, † Vehme, † Fehme from Middle Low German vēme secret tribunal, cognate with Middle Dutch vēme, veem, Dutch veem, further etymology uncertain and disputed.
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