1922, E. R. Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros, The Project Gutenberg, Australia.
Nor I will not suffer mine indignation so to witwanton with fair justice as persuade me to put the wite on Witchland.
Origin of wite
- Middle English from Old English wīte penalty weid- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English wÄ«ten (“to accuse, reproach, punish, suspect"), Old English wÄ«tan (“to look, behold, see, guard, keep, impute or ascribe to, accuse, reproach, blame"), derived from Old English wÄ«te, see below.
- From Middle English wÄ«tan (“guilt, blameworthiness, blame, wrongdoing, misdeed, offense, punishment, retribution, fine, bote, customary rent"), from Old English wÄ«te, see below.
- From Old English witan