Definition of compurgator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmpəːɡeɪtə/


Law , historical
A sworn witness to the innocence or good character of an accused person.
Example sentences
  • Well, she probably thought the air force officer was a compurgator.
  • My neighbors, as my compurgators, could aver this fact, as seeing my occupations and my attachment to them.
  • If these compurgators all agreed in a declaration in favour of the accused, this was held to he a complete acquittal.


Mid 16th century: medieval Latin, from Latin com- 'together with' + purgator, from purgare 'purify' (see compurgation).

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