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- n. exaction of forced service; compulsion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Exaction of forced service; compulsion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Labor; effort; toil.
- n. The exaction of forced service; impressment to labor or service.
Latin angariatio, from Latin angaria service to a lord, villenage, from Ancient Greek (a Persian word), a courier for carrying royal dispatches. (Wiktionary)
_angaria_, _angariare_, in medieval Latin, and the rare English derivatives "angariate," "angariation," came to mean any service which was forcibly or unjustly demanded, and oppression in general.