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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.
1350-1400; Middle English outlauerie < Anglo-French utlagerie, Medieval Latin utlagāria < Middle English outlage outlaw + Anglo-French -erie -ry, Medieval Latin -āria -ary
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nonoutlawry, noun, plural nonoutlawries. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outlawry
  • 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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Encyclopedia Article for outlawry

act of putting a person beyond the protection of the law for his refusal to become amenable to the court having legal jurisdiction. In the past, this deprivation of legal benefits was invoked when a defendant or other person was in civil or criminal contempt of court; and, in cases of alleged treason or the commission of a felony (referred to as major outlawry), it amounted to a conviction as well as an extinction of civil rights. In England, on proof of the mere fact of major outlawry, the offender was sentenced to death and was often killed on sight or during the effort to arrest him. Conviction for major outlawry also effected the immediate forfeiture of all property and possessions to the crown and prevented the receipt of any property. In civil proceedings outlawry was formally abolished in England in 1879. Under English law outlawry can now be invoked only for one accused of criminal charges

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