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

    Gist; essence; substance; sting.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The burden or gist of a charge; the grievance or injury specially complained of. In English ecclesiastical law. A grievance complained of by the clergy before the bishops in convocation.