deforcement


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de·force

 (dē-fôrs′)
tr.v. de·forced, de·forc·ing, de·forc·es Law
1. To withhold (property, for example) from the rightful owner.
2. To deprive (a rightful owner) of something, especially property.

[Middle English deforcen, from Anglo-Norman deforcer, from Old French desforcier : des-, de- + forcier, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots).]

de·force′ment n.
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19) And gif the said~ sercheouris in executioun of thair offices salhappin to be deforceit The committaris of be said deforcement sal be rigorous lie punissit
After the attack, Rooney was charged with deforcement of messengers which used to carry the death penalty.
114) Nicholas achieved a deliberate, or seemingly deliberate, moral obfuscation by using the memory of the well-known adulterous affair between Robert and Alice both as proof and, perhaps, as moral leverage, to push home his advantage in the manor court through his pleas of trespass, deforcement and debt.