compurgation

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin compurgātiōnem, from compurgāre (to purify).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɒmpəːˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/

Noun[edit]

compurgation (plural compurgations)

  1. (now chiefly historical) Acquitting someone from a formal charge or accusation following the sworn oaths of a number of other people; vindication.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 23:
      Between the later middle ages and the early seventeenth century, compurgation appears to have become an increasingly onerous test to pass, perhaps reflecting tightening attitudes to sexual offenders.

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