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wergild

[wur-gild, wer-] /ˈwɜr gɪld, ˈwɛr-/
noun
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 disablement of a person, computed on the basis of rank.
Also, wergeld
[wur-geld, wer-] /ˈwɜr gɛld, ˈwɛr-/ (Show IPA),
weregild.
Origin of wergild
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (Scots) weregylt, Old English wer(e)gild, equivalent to wer man (cognate with Gothic wair, Latin vir) + gild geld2; cognate with Middle Dutch weergelt, Old High German wergelt; see yield
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wergild

/ˈwɜːˌɡɪld; ˈwɛə-/
noun
1.
the price set on a man's life in successive Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law codes, to be paid as compensation by his slayer
Word Origin
Old English wergeld, from wer man (related to Old Norse ver, Latin vir) + gield tribute (related to Gothic gild, Old High German gelt payment); see yield
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