compurgation

noun com·pur·ga·tion \ ˌkäm-(ˌ)pər-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of compurgation

: the clearing of an accused person by oaths of others who swear to the veracity or innocence of the accused

Origin and Etymology of compurgation

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


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