noun Date: 1533 one who under oath vouches for the character or conduct of an accused person

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  • compurgator — index deponent, eyewitness, witness Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 compurgator …   Law dictionary

  • Compurgator — Com pur*ga tor, n. [LL.] One who bears testimony or swears to the veracity or innocence of another. See {Purgation}; also {Wager of law}, under {Wager}. [1913 Webster] All they who know me . . . will say they have reason in this matter to be my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compurgātor — (mittellat.), Eideshelfer …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • compurgator — [käm′pər gāt΄ər] n. [ML: see COMPURGATION] one who testified in a compurgation …   English World dictionary

  • compurgator — /kom peuhr gay teuhr/, n. a person who vouches for the innocence and truthful testimony of another. [1525 35; < ML, equiv. to compurga(re) (see COMPURGATION) + tor TOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • compurgator — n. one who swears upon the innocence and good character of a defendant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • compurgator — [ kɒmpə:geɪtə] noun Law, historical a sworn witness to the innocence or good character of an accused person …   English new terms dictionary

  • Compurgator — ♦ One who supports the oath of another. A man who, in court, was required to prove his assertions by waging his law swore a solemn oath to the truth of his declarations, and had to be supported by oath helpers who testified on oath to his… …   Medieval glossary

  • compurgator — com·pur·ga·tor …   English syllables

  • compurgator — /ˈkɒmpɜˌgeɪtə/ (say komper.gaytuh) noun someone who testifies to another s innocence or veracity …   Australian English dictionary

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