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wergild

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noun wer·gild \ˈwər-ˌgild\

Definition of wergild

  1. :  the value set in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law upon human life in accordance with rank and paid as compensation to the kindred or lord of a slain person



Variants of wergild

or wer·geld play \-ˌgeld\

Origin of wergild

Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute — more at geld


First Known Use: 13th century


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