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An act done unlawfully and with force. In the English stat. of 25 E. III. it is declared to be high treason in any person who shall violate the king's companion; and it is equally high treason in her to suffer willingly such violation. This word has been construed under this statute to mean carnal knowledge.
Also refers to non-compliance with a law.