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Definition of Arrest

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  ARREST   verb, transitive
Formally to detain one accused of unusualness.
  God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

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Regular definition:
ARREST:
??rest v. & n. --v.tr. 1 a seize (a person) and take into custody, esp. by legal authority. b seize (a ship) by legal authority. 2 stop or check (esp. a process or moving thing). 3 a attract (a person's attention). b attract the attention of (a person). --n. 1 the act of arresting or being arrested, esp. the legal seizure of a person. 2 a stoppage or check (cardiac arrest). °arrest of judgement Law the staying of proceedings, notwithstanding a verdict, on the grounds of a material irregularity in the course of the trial. °°arrestingly adv. [ME f. OF arester ult. f. L restare remain, stop]


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