variants or less commonly bloodwit
early English law
: 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
: a penalty for murder
: the right to levy such a fine
: exemption from payment of such a fine
Scots law : a broil or riot in which blood is spilled

Word History


Middle English, from Old English blōdwīte, from blōd blood + wīte punishment

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“Bloodwite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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