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Bedraggle Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bedraggle v : make wet and dirty, as from rain
Bedraggle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bedraggle \Be*drag"gle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bedraggled; p. pr. & vb. n. Bedraggling.] To draggle; to soil, as garments which, in walking, are suffered to drag in dust, mud, etc. --Swift.
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Dilapidation is a term meaning in general a falling into decay, but more particularly used in the plural in English law for

Dilapidation is derived from the Latin for scattering the stones (lapides) of a building.

In general law a tenant for life has no power to cut down timber, destroy buildings, etc., or to let buildings fall into disrepair (see Waste). In the eye of the law an incumbent of a living is a tenant for life of his benefice, and any waste, voluntary or permissive, on his part must be made good by his administrators to his successor in office. The principles on which such dilapidations are to be ascertained, and the application of the money payable in respect thereof, depend partly on old ecclesiastical law and partly on acts of parliament.

Questions as to ecclesiastical dilapidations usually arise in respect of the residence house and other buildings belonging to the living. Inclosures, hedges, ditches and the like are included in things of which the beneficed person has the burden and charge of reparation. In a leading case (Ross v. Adcock, 1868, L.R. 3 C.P. 657) it was said that the court was acquainted with no precedent or decision extending the liability of the executors of a deceased incumbent to any species of waste beyond dilapidation of the house, chancel or other buildings or fences of the benefice. And it has been held that the mere mismanagement or miscultivation of the ecclesiastical lands will not give rise to an action for dilapidations.

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