Among the Anglo-Saxon a subject conceiving himself wronged by the king was permitted, on proving his injury, to beat a brazen image of the royal offender with a switch that was afterward applied to his own naked back. The latter rite was performed by the public hangman, and it assured moderation in the plaintiff's choice of a switch.2010 Update: v.t. To correct injustice by replacing its outer garment.
Friday, August 27, 2010
REDRESS, n. Reparation without satisfaction.