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[out-law-ree] /ˈaʊtˌlɔ ri/
noun, plural outlawries.
the act or process of outlawing.
the state of being outlawed.
disregard or defiance of the law:
a man whose outlawry had made him a folk hero.
Origin of outlawry
1350-1400; Middle English outlauerie < Anglo-French utlagerie, Medieval Latin utlagāria < Middle English outlage outlaw + Anglo-French -erie -ry, Medieval Latin -āria -ary
Related forms
nonoutlawry, noun, plural nonoutlawries. Unabridged
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  • Other speakers asked for recommendations ranging from outlawry of war to abolishing the army and the navy.
  • It is actually not such an exercise in glorious outlawry as all that.
  • The outlawry of two hemi-spheres had taught him its arts of de-fence and offence.
  • If any orator in foreign pay talks of outlawry, let him beware of levelling such a decree against himself.
British Dictionary definitions for outlawry


noun (pl) -ries
the act of outlawing or the state of being outlawed
disregard for the law
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Word Origin and History for outlawry

late 14c., from Anglo-French utlagerie, a hybrid from Old English utlaga (see outlaw (n.)) + -ary.

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