angaria

noun an·gar·ia \ aŋˈga(a)rēə , anˈ- \

Definition of angaria

1 in Roman and civil law : a compulsory service exacted by the government, a lord, or the church
2 in maritime law : the forcible seizure of a ship for public service
3 in international law : angary
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


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