Definition of hotchpotch:
- A blending of property for equality of division, as when lands given in frank- marriage to one daughter were, after the death of the ancestor, blended with the lands descending to her and to her sisters from the same ancestor, and then divided in equal portions among all the daughters. In modern usage, a mixing together, or throwing into a common mass or stock, of the estate left by a person deceased and the amounts advanced to any particular child or children, for the purpose of a more equal division, or of equalizing the shares of all the children; the property advanced being accounted for at its value when given.
- A mingled mass; a confused mixture; a stew of various ingredients; a hodgepodge.
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- "The Getting of Wisdom", Henry Handel Richardson.
- "The Home and the World", Rabindranath Tagore.
In the hotchpotch which was everyday life, in the tangle of trivialities out of which human relations were woven, it was no longer a law, but a logical absurdity, when the strong and the weak were both equally victims of their mutual relations, unwillingly submitting to some directing force, unknown, standing outside life, apart from man.- "The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories", Anton Chekhov.