usually -t+V
plural -s
Roman, civil, & Scots law
: a fraud not distinguished by a more special name
especially : a sale of the same property to different persons or the sale of something as one's own which belongs to another

Word History


Late Latin stellionatus, from Latin stellion-, stellio crafty person (literally, a lizard marked with star-shaped spots, from stella star) + -atus -ate

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“Stellionate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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