obreption

noun
ob·​rep·​tion | \ äˈbrepshən \
plural -s

Definition of obreption

canon & Scots law
: the obtaining of or attempting to obtain a dispensation from ecclesiastical authority or a gift from the sovereign by fraud distinguished from subreption

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History and Etymology for obreption

Latin obreption-, obreptio act of creeping upon, stealing upon, deceiving, from obreptus (past participle of obrepere to steal upon, surprise, deceive, from ob- to, toward, over + repere to creep) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Obreption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obreption. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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