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From Latin manubialis from manubiae (money obtained from the sale of booty, plunder).


manubial (not comparable)

  1. Taken as or relating to the spoils of war; funded from the spoils of war (especially in the Roman Empire).[1][2]
    Synonyms: looted, plundered
    • 1824, T. Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard, “The Sevi-Lan-Gwy” in Welsh Minstrelsy, London: John and H. L. Hunt, p. 170,[3]
      Ah where’s thy manubial glory of yore,
      The hall’s bright bedeckment of beauty?
    • 1825, James Elmes, General and Bibliographical Dictionary of the Fine Arts, London: Thomas Tegg, under the entry COLUMN,[4]
      [] the manubial column was ornamented with trophies and spoils taken from the enemy;
    • 1862, Samuel Phillips Day, Down South; or, An Englishman’s Experience at the Seat of the American War, London: Hurst and Blackett, Volume 2, Chapter 2, p. 67,[5]
      The luncheon formed a portion of the manubial stores left behind during the precipitate flight of Sunday, and consisted of preserved tripe—a very delicate dish, reader, I assure you.
    • 1982, Alan Wardman, Religion and Statecraft among the Romans, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, Chapter 4, p. 100,[6]
      Perhaps a more significant change can be discerned in the financing of temples and such activities as celebratory games. In the great days of expansion these had been (very often) financed from conquest, they were manubial, derived from spoil or imported wealth.
    • 2006, Katherine E. Welch, “Art and Architecture in the Roman Republic ” in Nathan Rosenstein and Robert Morstein-Marx (editors), A Companion to the Roman Republic, Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, p. 502,
      [] the triumphal route [] was tightly packed with manubial temples, one directly upon the next, each permanently evoking a specific general’s victory.


  1. ^ Elisha Coles, An English Dictionary explaining the difficult terms that are used in divinity, husbandry, physick, phylosophy, law, navigation, mathematicks, and other arts and sciences, London: Peter Parker, 1676: “Manubial, -ary, belong[ing] to a prey or booty.”[1]
  2. ^ Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, London: W. Strahan, 1755, Volume 2: “MANUBIAL. adj. Belonging to spoil; taken in war.”[2]