bloodwite

noun
variants: or less commonly bloodwit \ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \

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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History and Etymology for bloodwite

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

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