Perquisition

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Perquisition A thorough inquiry of search.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perquisition Diligent search or inquiry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Perquisition a strict search: diligent inquiry
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Quotations

  • European Court Cliche
    European Court Cliche
    “Assassination is the perquisite of princes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. perquisition,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perquisitum, from perquirĕreper, thoroughly, quærĕre, to ask.

Usage

In literature:

We ran off the slabs first and these were the perquisites of the mill owner.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
If such are captains' perquisites, who would not be a captain?
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The camel-men who skinned it tried to keep the head as their perquisite, but Matthaios secured it and put it in our soup.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
To be defended and kissed seemed to be her natural perquisites.
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had brought the horns and tail, and so he must have the perquisites, and the Lady Molinda!
"Prince Prigio From "His Own Fairy Book"" by Andrew Lang
These are the perquisites of the Brahman.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Only think, the captain, with his perquisites on coal, can make as much as twenty-five thousand francs a year or more.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
The skin of the kangaroo sold for a few pence, was the perquisite of the stock-keepers, and long the chief object of their daily enterprise.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
A genuine sportsman claims nothing but the ivory and tail, the latter being universally a perquisite of the king.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
The clothes of the sufferers were the perquisite of the Sheriffs' men, and they would not give them up.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In news:

If you've been following Ultrabooks, you'll know that Intel has a bunch of perquisites before you can call the system an Ultrabook.
The action guts the Senate's current gift rule, an ingeniously crafted clause that appears to force lawmakers to disclose the gifts on their own, but in fact allows them to keep secret any perquisites that they can legally accept.
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In science:

They are known to be closely related to each other, each with its own perquisites and disadvantages.
The new vertices and canonical quantization
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