bloodwite

noun
variants: less commonly

bloodwit

Definition of bloodwite

  1. 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. 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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