wergild

noun wer·gild \ ˈwər-ˌgild \
variants: or wergeld play \ˈwer-ˌgeld\

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

Origin and Etymology of wergild

Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute — more at geld


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