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vi et armis

/ˈvaɪ ɛt ˈɑːmɪs/
(legal history) a kind of trespass accompanied by force and violence
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literally: by force and arms
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  • My uncle had not sold the Tower, but he came prepared to carry us off to it vi et armis.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • King Henry sent a force to bring him, vi et armis, to court.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • The State Government was virtually seized and taken possession of vi et armis.

  • Do you mean that you will dispute possession of it with me, vi et armis?

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • Well—to continue—I was nearly coming to take you away, vi et armis.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • The fact is they did not wait for offerings; they took them vi et armis.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • So far from being a revolutionist, he is an evolutionist only under protest,—vi et armis, as it were.

    Paris and the Social Revolution Alvan Francis Sanborn
  • He had carried away, vi et armis, a nun from a convent, incurring the enmity of the Church and the displeasure of his sovereign.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • They also managed and guarded their own lands, like feudal nobles, vi et armis.

  • They seemed to desire to frighten us to death before attacking us vi et armis.

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