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noun International Law.
  1. the right of a belligerent state to seize and use the property of neutrals for purposes of warfare, subject to payment of full compensation.
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Origin of angary

1875–80; < Late Latin angaria service to a lord < Greek angareía couriership, equivalent to ángaros official courier (< Old Persian) + -eia -y3
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  • Whatever the extent of the right of angary may be, it does not derive from the law of neutrality.

    International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)

    Lassa Francis Oppenheim

  • But the right of angary itself is rather a right deriving from the law of war.

  • This practice is called "angary" or "prestation," and is by most jurists either condemned or regarded with disfavor.

    International Law

    George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker

British Dictionary definitions for angary


  1. international law the right of a belligerent state to use the property of a neutral state or to destroy it if necessary, subject to payment of full compensation to the owners
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Word Origin

C19: from French angarie, from Late Latin angaria enforced service, from Greek angareia office of a courier, from angaros courier, of Persian origin
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