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Old French porpris, from porprendre to take away entirely; por- for + prendre to take.


purprise ‎(plural purprises)

  1. (obsolete) A close or enclosure; the compass of a manor.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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