canonical purgation

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. . 1998.

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  • 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

  • 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 — 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

  • vulgar purgation — noun Etymology: so called from its not having been sanctioned by the church : purgation by combat or by ordeal by fire or water compare canonical purgation …   Useful english dictionary

  • vulgaris purgatio — /vàlgérss psrgéysh(iy)ow/. Lat. In old English law, common purgation; a name given to the trial by ordeal, to distinguish it from the canonical purgation, which was by the oath of the party. 4 Bl.Comm. 342 …   Black's law dictionary

  • judicium Dei — The judgment of God,–the judgment which was the culmination of a trial by ordeal of fire or water, and was sometimes called vulgaris purgatio common purgation to distinguish it from the canonical purgation which was by the oath of the party. See… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • vulgaris purgatio — Common purgation, the judicium Dei, that is, the trial by water ordeal or fire ordeal was often called vulgaris purgatio to distinguish it from the canonical purgation, which was by the oath of the accused. See 4 Bl Comm 342. See judicium Dei …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • The Carmelite Order —     The Carmelite Order     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Carmelite Order     One of the mendicant orders.     Origin     The date of the foundation of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been under discussion from the fourteenth century to …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • suthdure — The south door of a church, where canonical purgation was performed, and plaints, etc., were heard and determined …   Black's law 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

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