Wergild

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wergild a composition by which, by the custom of Anglo-Saxons, Franks, and other Teutonic peoples, homicide and other heinous crimes against the person were expiated.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wergield, from wer, man, gieldgieldan, to pay.

Usage

In literature:

It should be added that the differential treatment of the various classes was by no means confined to the case of wergilds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Since a threefold wergild was still due to Howard for the slaying of Olaf, three of the eight dead need not be paid for.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
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