Compurgation Definition

kŏmpər-gāshən
noun
The former practice of clearing an accused person by the oaths of others testifying to that person's innocence.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Compurgation

Noun

Singular:
compurgation
Plural:
compurgations

Origin of Compurgation

  • Late Latin compūrgātiō compūrgātiōn- complete purification from Latin compūrgātus past participle of compūrgāre to purify completely com- intensive pref. com– pūrgāre to purify peuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin compurgātiōnem, from compurgāre (“to purify”).

    From Wiktionary

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