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Friday, January 30, 2015

Definitions for indemnify

  1. to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
  2. to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).

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Citations for indemnify
She joked about that too, and asked Pentz, who seemed very silent today, to indemnify her. "Indemnify," she continued, "even that word is one of those everlasting parliamentary expressions…" Theodor Fontane (1819–1898), translated by Douglas Parmée, Irretrievable, 1964
I rose with some difficulty from under the superincumbent snowdrift, and alighted from the carriage, expecting that a kind and hospitable reception would indemnify me for the toils and hardships of the day. Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey, 1847
Origin of indemnify
Indemnify entered English in the early 1600s from the Latin word indemnis meaning "without loss."