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Friday, January 30, 2015

indemnify

\in-DEM-nuh-fahy\ , verb;
1.
to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
2.
to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).
Quotes:
She joked about that too, and asked Pentz, who seemed very silent today, to indemnify her. "Indemnify," she continued, "even that word is one of those everlasting parliamentary expressions…"
-- Theodor Fontane (1819–1898), translated by Douglas Parmée, Irretrievable, 1964
I rose with some difficulty from under the superincumbent snowdrift, and alighted from the carriage, expecting that a kind and hospitable reception would indemnify me for the toils and hardships of the day.
-- Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey, 1847
Origin:
Indemnify entered English in the early 1600s from the Latin word indemnis meaning "without loss."
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