noun English Law.
- deo gratias,
- deo volente,
Origin of deodand
Examples from the Web for deodand
The verdict returned was "Accidental Death," with a deodand of five pounds upon the bull.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
The jury imposed a deodand of £5 on the coach and £10 on the horses.
The old law of Deodand was an expression of this feeling of resentment against inanimate objects even.Concerning Justice|Lucilius A. Emery
In mediæval and early modern Europe, offending objects were "deodand," that is, devoted to God.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Probably because of the evident recklessness displayed by the coachman, a deodand of £1,400 was laid on the coach.
Word Origin for deodand
1520s, from Anglo-French deodande (late 13c.), from Medieval Latin deodandum, from Deo dandum "a thing to be given to God," from dative of deus "god" (see Zeus) + neuter gerundive of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). In English law, "a personal chattel which, having been the immediate cause of the death of a person, was forfeited to the Crown to be applied to pious uses." Abolished 1846.