Definitions

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  • n. The pledge and tithing, afterwards called by the Normans frankpledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pledge and tithing, afterwards called by the Normans frankpledge. See frankpledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as frithborg.

Etymologies

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Anglo-Saxon friborh, from fri peace + borh, borg, pledge, akin to English borrow. The first part of the word was confused with free and the last part with borough.

Examples

  • It was upon this principle that a man who could not find the security of some tithing or friborg for his behavior, [67] he that was upon account of this universal desertion called Friendless Man, was by our ancestors condemned to death, -- a punishment which the lenity of the English laws in that time scarcely inflicted for any crime, however clearly proved: a circumstance which strongly marks the genius of the Saxon government.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 07 (of 12)

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