"deodand" Definition

  1. n. A personal chattel which had caused the death of a person, and for that reason was given to God, that is, forfeited to the crown, to be applied to pious uses, and distributed in alms by the high almoner. Thus, if a cart ran over a man and killed him, it was forfeited as a deodand.

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Position in dictionary: 25953 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n.,
Words that start with "deodand": 1
Words that end with "deodand": 1
Words that contain "deodand": 1
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English Dictionary Definition of deodand

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