- (in Anglo-Saxon England and other Germanic countries)
- money paid to the relatives of a murder victim in compensation for loss and to prevent a blood feud.
- the amount of money fixed as compensation for the murder or disablement of a person, computed on the basis of rank.
Origin of wergild
Examples from the Web for wergeld
Historical Examples of wergeld
The value of a man's oath was commensurate with his value or wergeld.
Violence to a widow or maiden is punishable by payment of one's wergeld.
If the slain man had a wergeld of 200s, let every one who was of the gang pay 30s.
The wergeld of a king or archbishop was six times that of a thegn: 7200s.
The wergeld of an earl or bishop was four times that of a thegn: 5800s.
weregild wergeld (ˈwɜːˌɡɛld, ˈwɛə-)
- the price set on a man's life in successive Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law codes, to be paid as compensation by his slayer