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    Lat. The old judicial trial by fire. Blount
    In old English law. The curfew, or evening bell. Cowell. See CURFEW.
    Public disgrace; infamy; reproach; dishonor. Ignominy is the opposite of esteem. Wolff, f 145. See Brown v. Kingsley, 38 Iowa, 220.
    Lat "We are ignorant ;" "We ignore it." Formerly the grand Jury used to write this word on bills of indictment when, after having heard the evidence, they thought the accusation against the prisoner was groundless, intimating that, though the facts might possibly be true, the truth did not appear More...
    The want or absence of knowledge. Ignorance of law is want of knowledge or acquaintance with the laws of the land in so far as they apply to the act, relation, duty, or matter under consideration. Ignorance of fact is want of knowledge of some fact or facts constituting or More...
    Lat. Ignorance; want of knowledge. Distinguished, from mistake, (error,) or wrong conception. Mackeld. Rom. Law, ? 178; Dig. 22, 6. Divided by Lord Coke into ignorantia facti (ignorance of fact) and ignorantia juris, (Ignorance of law.) And the former, he adds, is twofold,-lee-tionis et lingum, (ignorance of reading and Ignorance More...
    Lat A term of logic, sometimes applied to pleadings and to arguments on appeal, which signifles a mistake of the question, that is, the mistake of one who, failing to discern the real question which he is to meet and answer, addresses his allegations or arguments to a collateral matter More...
    1. To be ignorant of, or unacquainted with. "2. To disregard willfully; to refuse to recognize; to decline to take notice of. See Cleburne County v. Morton, 09 Ark. 48, 80 S. W. 307." "3. To reject as groundless, false or unsupported by evidence; as when a grand Jury ignores More...
    One of the four great Roman roads in Britain; supposed to be so called from tbe Iceni.
  • ILL
    In old pleading. Bad; defective in law; null; naught; the opposite of good or valid.
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