noun an·gar·ia \aŋˈga(a)rēə, anˈ-\

Definition of angaria

  1. 1 in Roman and civil law :  a compulsory service exacted by the government, a lord, or the church

  2. 2 in maritime law :  the forcible seizure of a ship for public service

  3. 3 in international law :  angary

  4. 4 in feudal law :  a troublesome or vexatious service exacted by a lord of his tenant

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Origin and Etymology of angaria

Late Latin, from Greek angareia, from angaros royal (Persian) courier — more at angel

First Known Use: circa 1707

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