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compurgation

[ kom-per-gey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒm pərˈgeɪ ʃən /
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noun
an early common-law method of trial in which the defendant is acquitted on the sworn endorsement of a specified number of friends or neighbors.
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Origin of compurgation

1650–60; <Medieval Latin compurgātiōn- (stem of compurgātiō), equivalent to com-com- + purgāt(us) (past participle of purgāre to purge) + -iōn--ion
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British Dictionary definitions for compurgation

compurgation
/ (ˌkɒmpɜːˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun
law (formerly) a method of trial whereby a defendant might be acquitted if a sufficient number of persons swore to his innocence

Derived forms of compurgation

compurgator, nouncompurgatory or compurgatorial, adjective

Word Origin for compurgation

C17: from Medieval Latin compurgātiō, from Latin compurgāre to purify entirely, from com- (intensive) + purgāre to purge
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