A person seeking to escape punishment for a crime by charging his accuser with having committed it himself.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Antithetarius — The Latin term used in court documents for the accused who in response accuses his accuser of the same crime. [Lat. antithetarius = antithesis] Cf. Ambidexter …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • antithetarius — /aentaflateriyas/ In old English law, a man who endeavors to discharge himself of the crime of which he is accused, by retorting the charge on the accuser. He differs from an approver in this: that the latter does not charge the accuser, but… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Ambidexter — The Latin term for a juror who took money from both sides; generally, a swindler. [< Lat. ambidexter = both sides] Cf. Antithetarius …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • approver — L. Fr. To approve or prove; to vouch. In old English law, an accomplice in crime who accused others of the same offense, and was admitted as a witness at the discretion of the court to give evidence against his companions in guilt. He was… …   Black's law dictionary

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