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  • n. A penalty for committing bloodshed, specifically under Anglo-Saxon law a penalty to be paid to the king or aldorman as distinct from the wergild.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fine or amercement paid as part of a settlement for the shedding of blood; also, a riot wherein blood was spilled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anc. law: A wite, fine, or amercement paid as a composition for the shedding of blood.
  • n. The right to such compensation.
  • n. A riot in which blood was shed.

Etymologies

Old English blōdwīte. (Wiktionary)

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