n. A form of civil death in which a husband became civilly dead as an incident of the right of sanctuary. A renunciation by an oath of an allegiance to a country. If a fugitive took refuge in a sanctuary, he was given his choice between submitting to trial and abjuring the realm. If he chose abjuration, he was given passage to leave England under an oath never to return again. All his property was forfeited and his land escheated. If he returned, he was an outlaw. Abolished by statute under James the First. Modernly the renunciation of one’s country is expatriation.