Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old English law. A word of disgrace and obloquy, pronounced on either champion, in the ancient trial by battle, proving recreant, i. e., yielding. Glanville calls it "infestum et inverecundum verbum." His condemnation was amittere liberam legem, i. e„ to become infamous, and not to be accounted liber et legalis homo, being supposed by the event to have been proved forsworn, and not fit to be put upon a jury or admitted as a witness. Wharton.