from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A recompense formerly given by a murderer to the relatives of the murdered person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as eric.
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"In the same manner (says Blackstone,) by the Irish brehon law, in case of murder, the brehon or judge, compounded between the murderer and the friends of the deceased, who prosecuted him, by causing the malefactor to give unto them, or to the child or wife of him that was slain, a recompense, which they called _eriach_.