Definition of infangthief in English:

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infangthief

Pronunciation: /ˈinfəNGˌTHēf/

Entry from US English dictionary

noun

historical
The right of the lord of a manor to try and punish a thief caught within the limits of his demesne.
Example sentences
  • Infangthief was another outgrowth of the personal vengeance system, the right of vengeance being transferred to the government.
  • Barony jurisdiction included infangthief, the right to try a thief found with the stolen goods still on him.

Origin

Old English infangenthēof 'thief seized within'.

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Syllabification: in·fang·thief

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