Origin of Wite
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.
Middle English from Old English wīte penalty weid- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old English witan
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