champerty

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English champartie, from Middle French champart (field rent – portion of produce of field paid to feudal lord), probably from Latin campī (fields) pars (part),[1] with first term in turn from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- (to bend; crooked). Compare modern English campus and French champ (field).

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champerty (plural champerties)

  1. (law) investing money into an individual’s law suit.

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  1. ^ champerty” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).