purgation by oath


purgation by oath
The ancient practice whereby the defendant cleared himself of a criminal charge by a denial of it under oath or by the aid of compurgators who swore to his innocence. The filing in a contempt proceeding of a verified categorical denial of a charge of criminal contempt, thereby disposing of the case in contempt, but leaving the accused punishable for perjury in the event his oath is false. Osborne v Purdome (Me) 244 SW2d 1005, 29 ALR2d 1141, cert den 343 US 953, 96 L Ed 1354, 72 S Ct 1046, reh den 343 US 988, 96 L Ed 1375, 72 S Ct 1072.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Purgation — Pur*ga tion, n. [L. purgatio: cf. F. purgation. See {Purge}.] 1. The act of purging; the act of clearing, cleansing, or putifying, by separating and carrying off impurities, or whatever is superfluous; the evacuation of the bowels. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purgation — /pargeyshan/ The act of cleansing or exonerating one s self of a crime, accusation, or suspicion of guilt, by denying the charge on oath or by ordeal. Canonical purgation was made by the party s taking his own oath that he was innocent of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • purgation — n. 1 purification. 2 purging of the bowels. 3 spiritual cleansing, esp. (RC Ch.) of a soul in purgatory. 4 hist. the cleansing of oneself from accusation or suspicion by an oath or ordeal. Etymology: ME f. OF purgation or L purgatio (as PURGE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • oath ex officio — An oath made by an accused clergyman whereby he might swear his innocence (or others might do so for him) and thus escape the censure or punishment of the ecclesiastical court. This practice of canonical purgation, as it was called, continued… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • purgation — [pə: geɪʃ(ə)n] noun 1》 purification.     ↘(in Catholic doctrine) the spiritual cleansing of a soul in purgatory. 2》 historical the action of clearing oneself of accusation or suspicion by an oath or ordeal. 3》 evacuation of the bowels brought… …   English new terms dictionary

  • canonical purgation — noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin purgatio canonica; from its use in the ecclesiastical courts : purgation by means of oath helpers compare compurgation, vulgar purgation …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Oath of Leo III — Infobox Painting| title=The Oath of Leo III (detail) image size=175px artist=Workshop of Raphael year=1516 1517 type=Fresco height=? width=770 city=Vatican City museum=Apostolic Palace The Oath of Leo III is a painting by the workshop of the… …   Wikipedia

  • canonical purgation — An ancient proceeding wherein a defendant charged with crime was permitted to clear himself by denying the charge under oath. See 4 Bl Comm 342 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • lex sacramentalis — /leks saekramanteylas/ Purgation by oath …   Black's law dictionary

  • lex sacramentalis — /leks saekramanteylas/ Purgation by oath …   Black's law dictionary


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