infangthief

noun in·fang·thief \ˈinfəŋˌthēf\

Definition of infangthief

  1. :  a medieval franchise of exercising jurisdiction over a thief caught within the limits to which the franchise was attached :  the right of the lord of a manor to judge a thief taken within the seigniory of such lord —distinguished from outfangthief

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Origin and Etymology of infangthief

Middle English infangenthef, infangthef, from Old English infangenethēof, infangenthēof, from in, inn in + fangen (past participle of fōn to seize, capture) + thēof thief — more at in, pact, thief


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