Definition of bloodwite
1 early English law a (1) : a fine or amercement for the shedding of blood payable to the king, lord, or other superior in compensation for the breach of his peace — compare wergild (2) : a penalty for murder b (1) : the right to levy such a fine (2) : exemption from payment of such a fine
2 Scots law : a broil or riot in which blood is spilled
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Origin and Etymology of bloodwite
Middle English, from Old English blōdwīte, from blōd blood + wīte punishment — more at wite
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