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tithing

[tahy-th ing] /ˈtaɪ ðɪŋ/
noun
1.
a tithe.
2.
a giving or an exacting of tithes.
3.
a grouping of men, originally 10 in number, for legal and security purposes in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman system of frankpledge.
4.
a rural division in England, originally regarded as one tenth of a hundred, descended from this system.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English tigething. See tithe, -ing1
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tithing

/ˈtaɪðɪŋ/
noun (English history)
1.
  1. a tithe; tenth
  2. the exacting or paying of tithes
2.
a company of ten householders in the system of frankpledge
3.
a rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred
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