Definitions

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

  • noun The ever-present, oppressive influence of past events.
  • noun Mortmain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as mortmain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
  • noun the oppressive influence of past events or decisions

Etymologies

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

[Middle English dede hond, translation of Old French mortemain or Medieval Latin manus mortua, mortmain.]

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  • "The ever-present, oppressive influence of past events"

    July 7, 2011