weregelt
Weregild Were"gild`, n. [AS. wergild; wer a man, value set on a man's life + gild payment of money; akin to G. wehrgeld. [root]285. See {Were} a man, and {Geld}, n.] (O. Eng. Law) The price of a man's head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin. It was paid by the murderer. [Written also {weregeld}, {weregelt}, etc.] --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

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  • weregelt thef — /wirgelt Wyf/ Sax. In old English law, a robber who might be ransomed …   Black's law dictionary

  • weregeld — Weregild Were gild , n. [AS. wergild; wer a man, value set on a man s life + gild payment of money; akin to G. wehrgeld. [root]285. See {Were} a man, and {Geld}, n.] (O. Eng. Law) The price of a man s head; a compensation paid of a man killed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Weregild — Were gild , n. [AS. wergild; wer a man, value set on a man s life + gild payment of money; akin to G. wehrgeld. [root]285. See {Were} a man, and {Geld}, n.] (O. Eng. Law) The price of a man s head; a compensation paid of a man killed, partly to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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