deadhand
dead hand n.
1. The ever-present, oppressive influence of past events: “Psychotherapy explores the ways in which the past has shaped people, and how its dead hand continues to deform their lives” (James S. Gordon).
2. Mortmain.
  [Middle English dede hond, translation of Old French mortemain, or Medieval Latin manus mortua, mortmain.]

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