• WordNet 3.6
    • n defrayal the act of paying money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Defrayal The act of defraying; payment; as, the defrayal of necessary costs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defrayal The act of defraying; payment.
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In literature:

The personal expenses of all the guests were defrayed by the king with the money which he wrested from the people.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The Febrers prepared refreshments for the armada, in the name of Majorca, defraying most of the expenses themselves.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
In these six homes and two ships are more than 1000 inmates, and the expense is defrayed by voluntary contributions.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
Thus the expenses of yesterday for housekeeping were defrayed.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
No Special Tax will be imposed on Landed Property in the TRANSVAAL and ORANGE RIVER COLONY to defray the Expenses of the War.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Frederick gave written directions to have everything that was agreed upon carried out, with a joint undertaking to defray all the expenses.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The doctor, of course, had again to defray the expense of this purchase.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The expense of the Statesman was defrayed by the sale of green fish to the contractor.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
Any man with money could have defrayed the expenses of Blair's sickness and funeral.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Enclosed is my contribution toward defraying the expenses of your convention.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"

In poetry:

ALL. Pull ashore, in fashion steady,
Hymen will defray the fare,
For a clergyman is ready
To unite the happy pair!
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ere thou shalt woe or want behold,
(If thou dost truly God obey)
He'll tell a fish to fetch thee gold,
Thy just expences to defray.
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
Said Statesman A to Statesman Z:
"What can we tax that is not paying?
We’re taxing every blessed thing—
Here’s what our people are defraying:
"The Final Tax" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

These two work as caterers to help defray costs.
Parents' stake in house may be claimed to defray Medicaid costs.
County to use Tobacco Settlement Funds to defray defense costs.
SCRT Scholarship To Help Defray Connections Convention Costs and More.
The Flying Saucer on Saturday, Oct 8, will host a fund-raiser for a popular young bartender to defray medical bills he has racked up while fighting brain cancer.
The state plans to build a $1.3 million hydroelectric power plant on Molokai to help defray the energy costs tied to pumping water from Waikolu Valley for its irrigation system.
Costs were defrayed by corporate sponsors.
Joe "Light" Marchese , an active member of the New York production community, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a fund has been set up to assist his family in defraying the anticipated medical costs.
Bill McLaughlinn is fighting cancer and has lost his eligibility for a government program to help defray energy costs.
So she relies on her son's team to get a team grant from the CBJ Foundation to defray the costs.
Is now paying a stipend to same sex married public employees to defray the cost of a federal tax that city officials call unfair.
Just as the Great Recession prompted an enormous inflow of students into higher education, the economic downturn also dealt a blow to their ability to defray their expenses by holding a job on the side .
Beginning July 15 the Folsom Fire Department will charge a $225 fee to help defray the cost of providing emergency care by highly trained paramedics on fire engine and truck companies.
Dozens of people turned out Monday for a fund- raiser to help defray the medical costs of Lexington soccer player Shaina Whitt, injured last month in a bike accident MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader.
Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership.