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angary (ANG-guh-ree) also angaria (ang-GAR-ee-uh) noun

The legal right of a belligerent to seize, use, or destroy the property of a neutral, provided that full compensation is made.

[Late Latin angaria, service to a lord, from Greek angareia, impressment for public service, from angaros, conscript courier.]

"While this approach does have its advantages, one problem is that the development of institutions is not always clear. This is especially the case in the sections covering taxation, requisition, and impressment (angaria) by the army." Roth, Jonathan, The Limits of Empire: The Roman Army in the East. (Book reviews), The Journal of the American Oriental Society, 18 Jul 1996.

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