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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.
Old English blōdwīte. (Wiktionary)