damnosa hereditas

noun dam·no·sa he·re·di·tas \dam¦nōsəhəˈredə̇ˌtas\
variants: or

damnosa haereditas


Definition of damnosa hereditas

  1. 1 Roman law :  an inheritance from a person who dies insolvent and whose debts the heir is bound to discharge

  2. 2 :  a harmful or burdensome inheritance a damnosa hereditas from an imperfectly socialized … condition — Times Literary Supplement

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Origin and Etymology of damnosa hereditas

Latin, literally, damaging inheritance

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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