in·​fang·​thief | \ ˈinfəŋˌthēf \

Definition of infangthief

: 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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History and Etymology for infangthief

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

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“Infangthief.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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