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Bloodwite \Blood"wite`\, Bloodwit \Blood"wit`\, n. [AS. bl[=o]w[=i]te; bl[=o]d blood, + w[=i]te wite, fine.] (Anc. Law) A fine or amercement paid as part of a settlement for the shedding of blood; also, a riot wherein blood was spilled.


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.