Word of the Day – Compurgation

By December 2, 2018 Word of the Day

Compurgation (noun) (historic)

kom-per-gay-shun

Acquittal from a charge or accusation obtained by statements of innocence given by witnesses under oath.

Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin compurgatio(n-), from Latin compurgare, from com- (expressing intensive force) + purgare ‘purify’ (from purus ‘pure’).

Example sentences

“She’s innocent, I was present for her compurgation!”

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