compurgatory

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compurgation (ˌkɒmpɜːˈɡeɪʃən)
 
n
law (formerly) a method of trial whereby a defendant might be acquitted if a sufficient number of persons swore to his innocence
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin compurgātiō, from Latin compurgāre to purify entirely, from com- (intensive) + purgāre to purge]
 
'compurgator
 
n
 
com'purgatory
 
adj
 
compurga'torial
 
adj

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