mortmain mortmain

Definition(s):

  1. (n) real property held inalienably (as by an ecclesiastical corporation)
  2. (n) the oppressive influence of past events or decisions

Usage(s):

  1. We have often wished for some statute akin to mortmain to remove the dead hand of tradition from the domain of ideas.
  2. What's wrong with the Democratic party is its slightly sinister orthodoxy, the mortmain of the liberal apparat.
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