Wergeld Definition

-gĭld
noun
In early Germanic and Anglo-Saxon law, a price paid by a person who has killed another to the family of the person killed, to atone for the killing and avoid reprisals.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Wergeld

Noun

Singular:
wergeld
Plural:
wergelds

Origin of Wergeld

  • From Middle English wergeld, from Old English wergeld (“compensation for a man killed"), from Proto-Germanic *werageldaz (“weregild"), equivalent to wer (“man") +"Ž geld (“payment"). Cognate with German Wergeld. More at wer, geld.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English wargeld from Old English wergeld wer man wī-ro- in Indo-European roots geld payment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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