or wergeld noun Etymology: Middle English wergeld, from Old English, from wer man + -geld, alteration of gield, geld payment, tribute — more at geld Date: 13th century 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

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  • wergild — /werr gild, wer /, n. 1. (in Anglo Saxon England and other Germanic countries) 2. money paid to the relatives of a murder victim in compensation for loss and to prevent a blood feud. 3. the amount of money fixed as compensation for the murder or… …   Universalium

  • wergild — n ( es/ ) compensation, value of a man s life see wergild …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • wergild — weregild, or wergild /wirgild/wsrgild/ This was the price of homicide, or other atrocious personal offense, paid partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord for the loss of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin of the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • wergild — wer·gild …   English syllables

  • wergild — wer•gild or were•gild [[t]ˈwɜr gɪld, ˈwɛr [/t]] also wer•geld [[t] gɛld[/t]] n. why (in Anglo Saxon England and medieval Germanic countries) a compensatory fine paid to the relatives of a murdered person to free the offender from further… …   From formal English to slang

  • wergild —   n. value of a man s life, payable to his family by his murderer …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • wergild — Same as weregild …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • wergild — …   Useful english dictionary

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