- a fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime.
- a fee demanded for granting a special privilege.
verb (used with object), wit·ed, wit·ing.
Origin of wite1
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Historical Examples of wites
Other crimes became punishable by fines which took the place of wites.
Being a grant of wites, it will not extend to the bootless the unemendable crimes.
Very easy therefore is the transition from a right to wites to such jurisdiction as the feudal lord enjoys.