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Jun 28, 2017
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Terms from law

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arraign
pro se
depose

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depose

PRONUNCIATION:
(di-POHZ)

MEANING:
verb tr.:1. To remove from a high office or throne suddenly and forcefully.
 2. To examine under oath.
verb intr.:To give testimony.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French deposer, from Latin deponere (to testify, to put down), from de- + ponere (to put). Ultimately from the Indo-European root apo- (off or away), which also gave us after, off, awkward, post, puny, repose, pungle, apropos, and apposite. Earliest documented use: 1300.
The word depose is often used in another form, depone; the noun forms are deposer or deponent.

USAGE:
“Even though Mussolini has been deposed, there are Italians who still sympathize with him.”
Mary McGuire; Waiting for Matthew; Xlibris; 2014.

“Attorneys deposed Thomas on Monday morning, one of some three dozen witnesses related to Simon’s suit.”
Eric Zorn; The ‘Innocence Industry’ Fights Back; Chicago Tribune; Jun 7, 2017.

See more usage examples of depose in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher and author (28 Jun 1712-1778)

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