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

  • n. The legal right of a belligerent to seize, use, or destroy the property of a neutral, provided that full compensation is made.

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  • n. 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


Late Latin angaria, service to a lord, from Greek angareia, impressment for public service, from angaros, conscript courier.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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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