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soke

[sohk]
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noun Early English Law.
  1. the privilege of holding court, usually connected with the feudal rights of lordship.
  2. a district over which local jurisdiction was exercised.
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Origin of soke

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-Latin soca < Old English sōcn attack, right of prosecution, jurisdiction (see soken); akin to sake1, seek
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Examples from the Web for soke

Historical Examples

  • The soke and ward of Aldgate was then bounded as I have before showed.

    The Survey of London

    John Stow

  • The soke in the hundred courts belongs to the king and the earl.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • One contrasts the soke of the manor with the inland and with the berewicks.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • His predecessor had only the commendation of this, and Harold had the soke.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • If so, then there may have been a time when commendation and soke were all one.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland


British Dictionary definitions for soke

soke

noun English legal history
  1. the right to hold a local court
  2. the territory under the jurisdiction of a particular court
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin sōca, from Old English sōcn a seeking; see seek
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Word Origin and History for soke

n.

"right of jurisdiction," Old English socn "jurisdiction, prosecution," literally "seeking," from Proto-Germanic *sokniz, from PIE *sag-ni-, from root *sag- "to seek out" (see seek). Related: Sokeman; sokemanry.

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