Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Word of the day: indemnity

The word of the day is indemnity:

  1. protection or security against damage or loss.
  2. compensation for damage or loss sustained.
  3. something paid by way of such compensation.
  4. protection, as by insurance, from liabilities or penalties incurred by one's actions.
  5. legal exemption from penalties attaching to unconstitutional or illegal actions, granted to public officers and other persons.

"'Look, Señor Madero,' he said, 'if I take advantage if the fact that I'm armed and take away your watch and keep it, and after a while we meet, both of us armed the same, would you have a right to demand that I give it back?'  Certainly, Madero told him; he would even ask for an indemnity."

- John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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