recuse

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recuse

Pronunciation /rɪˈkjuːz/
verb
[with object]
1 mainly North American Challenge (a judge, prosecutor, or juror) as unqualified to perform legal duties because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
1.1 recuse oneself (of a judge) excuse oneself from a case because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
‘it was the right of counsel to ask a judge to recuse himself from continuing to hear a case because of bias’

Origin
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘reject’, specifically ‘object to a judge as prejudiced’): from Latin recusare ‘to refuse’, from re- (expressing opposition) + causa ‘a cause’. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

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You Be the Judge

We, hereby, recuse
All those who abuse
Or otherwise misuse
Our lovely language.

Though they be puissant
And think that gives them grant
To muddle and weirdly slant
Through idle badinage.

Still hoping for success
To extract us from this mess
I hope you still can bless
This grungy rhyming garbage.

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