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WERGILD, or WEREGILD, old Eng. law. The price which in a barbarous age, a person guilty of homicide or other enormous offence was required to pay, instead of receiving other punishment. 4 Bl. Com. 188. See, for the etymology of this word, and a tariff which was paid for the murder of the different classes of men, Guizot, Essais sur l'Histoire de France, Essai 4eme, c. 2, Sec. 2.

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10) See CROSSLEY-HOLLAND, supra note 5, at 28 ("If anyone kill a man who is in the act of thieving, he is to lie without wergild.
In England, by the year 1200 AD (CE), a system of wergild, or payment of money as compensation for a wrong was developed as a way of reducing the frequency of violent blood feuds.
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