from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun In international law, the right of a belligerent to seize and use the property of a neutral where that property is within the belligerent's jurisdiction, there is pressing need, and compensation is provided.

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  • noun The right of a government etc., in time of war, to seize, use or destroy property of a belligerent or neutral state, provided compensation is paid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin angaria, service to a lord, from Greek angareia, impressment for public service, from angaros, conscript courier; perhaps of Iranian origin and akin to Greek angelos, messenger.]


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  • "She supposed it was inevitable that, in due time, these men would take those liberties with her that have ever been claimed as angary by irregular fighting men, who have willfully severed themselves from the softening feminine influence of civilized society, with those women who have had the misfortune to become their captives."

    The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, p 469 of the Spectra trade paperback

    May 26, 2016