theftbote

noun

theft·​bote
ˈtheftˌbōt
plural -s
old English & Scots law
: the offense of agreeing to receive stolen goods or a compensation from a thief whether by the owner by way of composition or by a judge as an inducement for conniving at the escape of the thief from punishment

Word History

Etymology

alteration of thefbote, from Middle English, from thef thief + bote compensation (help)

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“Theftbote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theftbote. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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