Arrear

Part of speech: noun

A part, as of a debt, overdue and unpaid; commonly in the plural.

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Usage examples "arrear":

  1. Besides, the whole country is heavily in arrear already for land- taxes and quit- rents. - "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
  2. But owing to the continuance of expensive wars, which entailed a severe drain upon the resources of the country, the public funds became very low, and Kepler's salary was always in arrear. - "The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'", Thomas Orchard.
  3. Throughout the Reign of Terror the Convention maintained the State Church as established by the Constituent Assembly in 1791. Though the salaries of the clergy fell into arrear, the Convention rejected a proposal to cease paying them. - "History of Modern Europe 1792-1878", C. A. Fyffe.