variants: or less commonly haimsucken \ ˈhāmˌsəkən \
plural -s

Definition of hamesucken

1 Scots law : the assaulting of a person in his or her own house or dwelling place
2 Anglo-Saxon law
a(1) : a franchise of trying persons charged with assaulting a person in his own home and receiving the fines or damages imposed
(2) : such fines or damages

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History and Etymology for hamesucken

Middle English hamsoken, from Old English hāmsōcn, from hām home + sōcn attack; akin to Old Norse sōkn attack, Old English sēcan to attack, seek

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“Hamesucken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamesucken. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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