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deodand

[dee-uh-dand] /ˈdi əˌdænd/
noun, English Law.
1.
(before 1846) an animal or article that, having been the immediate cause of the death of a human being, was forfeited to the crown to be applied to pious uses.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin deōdandum (a thing) to be given to God < Latin deō to God (dative singular of deus) + dandum to be given (neuter gerund of dare to give)
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deodand

/ˈdiːəʊˌdænd/
noun
1.
(English law) (formerly) a thing that had caused a person's death and was forfeited to the crown for a charitable purpose: abolished 1862
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-French deodande, from Medieval Latin deōdandum, from Latin Deō dandum (something) to be given to God, from deus god + dare to give
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Word Origin and History for deodand
n.

1520s, from Anglo-French deodande (late 13c.), from Medieval Latin deodandum, from Deo dandum "a thing to be given to God," from dative of deus "god" (see Zeus) + neuter gerundive of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). In English law, "a personal chattel which, having been the immediate cause of the death of a person, was forfeited to the Crown to be applied to pious uses." Abolished 1846.

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