stellionate

noun stel·lion·ate \ˈstelyənə̇t, -ˌnāt, usually -t+V\

Definition of stellionate

plural

-s

Roman, civil, & Scots law

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of stellionate

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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