wergild


wer·gild

noun \ˈwər-ˌgild\

Definition of WERGILD

:  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

wer·gild or wer·geld \-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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