prae·​mu·​ni·​re ˌprē-myu̇-ˈnī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce praemunire (audio)
: an offense against the English Crown punishable chiefly by forfeiture and originally committed by asserting papal legal supremacy in England

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Coke, in his Institutes, discussed the crime of praemunire, which generally meant supporting any foreign jurisdiction over England but often specifically referred to those who supported papal authority. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 The loyal Wolsey was stripped of all of his offices on a charge of praemunire, or overstepping royal authority, per Encyclopedia Britannica. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Middle English praemunire facias, from Medieval Latin, that you cause to warn; from prominent words in the writ

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of praemunire was circa 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Praemunire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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