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Definition of Redress

  REDRESS   noun
Reparation without satisfaction.   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.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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