Pronunciation /ˈabdʒʊɡeɪt/ verb rare To unyoke, uncouple; to free.
Origin Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Nathan Bailey (d. 1742), lexicographer and schoolmaster. From classical Latin abiugāt-, past participial stem of abiugāre to separate, unyoke from ab- + iugāre.
Ben was acknowledged a dumb ox, but he was abjugated after the prosecutor confirmed his alibi was rock solid, and the police had another guy in custody whose finger prints matched the bloody set found at the scene.
Pronunciation /ˌbarɪˈkeɪd/ noun An improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces. verb [with object] 1 Block or defend with a barricade. 1.1 Shut (someone) into a place by blocking all the entrances.
Origin Late 16th century from French, from barrique ‘cask’, from Spanish barrica; related to barrel (barrels often being used to build barricades).
Bob’s attempt to build a barricade to block the repossession of his car was probably in vain.