com·​pur·​ga·​tion ˌkäm-(ˌ)pər-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce compurgation (audio)
: the clearing of an accused person by oaths of others who swear to the veracity or innocence of the accused

Word History


Late Latin compurgation-, compurgatio, from Latin compurgare to clear completely, from com- + purgare to purge

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compurgation was circa 1658

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“Compurgation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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