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Eriach \Er"i*ach\, Eric \Er"ic\, n. [Ir. eiric.] (Old Irish Law) A recompense formerly given by a murderer to the relatives of the murdered person.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

masc. proper name, from Old Norse Eirikr, literally "honored ruler," from Proto-Germanic *aiza- "honor" + *rik- "ruler" (see regal). The German form is Erich.


n. A fine paid as compensation for violent crimes.

Eric (novel)

Eric, stylized as Faust Eric, is the ninth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. It was originally published in 1990 as a "Discworld story", in a larger format than the other novels and illustrated by Josh Kirby. It was later reissued as a normal paperback without any illustrations, and in some cases, with the title given on the cover and title pages simply as Eric. (The page headers, however, continued to alternate between Faust and Eric.)

Eric (software)

eric is a free integrated development environment (IDE) used for computer programming.

eric is a full featured IDE, providing by default all necessary tools needed for the writing of code and for the professional management of a software project.

eric is written in the programming language Python and its primary use is for developing software written in Python. Nevertheless, eric also supports many other programming languages, whereby the level of support of Ruby is almost as high as for Python.

eric is usable for development of any combination of Python 3 or Python 2, Qt 5 or Qt 4 and PyQt 5 or PyQt 4 projects, on Linux, Microsoft Windows and OS X platforms.

For the Irish term for blood money see éraic

Éric ['eʁik] is a French masculine given name, the equivalent of English Eric. In French-speaking Canada and Belgium it is also sometimes unaccented, and pronounced "Eric" as English with the stress on the "i". A notable French exception is Erik Satie, born Éric, but who in later life signed his name "Erik" pronounced as in English.

As with Étienne, Émile, Édouard, Élisabeth, Édith the accent É is sometimes omitted in older printed sources, though French orthography is to include accents on capitals.


The given name Eric, Erik, or Erick is derived from the Old Norse name Eiríkr (or Eríkr in Eastern Scandinavia due to monophthongization). The first element, ei- is derived either from the older Proto-Norse *aina(z) meaning "one" or "alone"Entries Æiríkʀ, Æi- in Nordiskt runnamnslexikon (2002) by

Lena Peterson at the Swedish Institute for Linguistics and Heritage (Institutet för språk och folkminnen). and from Proto-Norse *aiwa(z) meaning "ever" or "eternal". The second element -ríkr derives either from *rík(a)z meaning "ruler" or "prince" (cf. Gothic reiks) or from an even older Proto-Germanic *ríkiaz which meant "powerful" and "rich". The name is thus usually taken to mean "one ruler", " autocrat", "eternal ruler" or "ever powerful", "warrior", and "government".

The most common spelling in Scandinavia is Erik. In Norway, another form of the name (which has kept the Old Norse diphthong) Eirik is also commonly used. In Finland, the form Erkki is also used. The modern Icelandic version is Eiríkur, while the modern Faroese version is Eirikur. Éric [eʁik] is used in French, and in Germany Eric, Erik and Erich are used.

Although the name was in use in Anglo-Saxon England, its use was reinforced by Scandinavian settlers arriving before the Norman Invasion. It was an uncommon name in England until the Middle Ages, when it gained popularity, and finally became a common name in the 19th century. This was partly because of the publishing of the novel Eric, or, Little by Little by Frederick William Farrar in 1858.

In Norway, Sweden and Finland, the name day for Erik and Eirik is 18 May, commemorating the death of Saint Eric of Sweden.

The feminine derivative is Erica or Erika.

Eric (disambiguation)

Eric (or also Éric, Erik, Erick, Eirik, Eirík, Eiríkr, Erich etc.) is a common proper name.

Eric may also refer to:

Eric (bishop)

Eric (born in Norway in the 11th century) was a bishop of Garda in Greenland established by the Catholic Church. He worked in Vinland as well as Greenland.

Usage examples of "eric".

Eric thought they were the same thing, these two, and the old Chinese was the same, doing acupoint massage, and the repair crew passing fiber-optic cable down a manhole from an enormous yellow spool.

These are my captains, Jason Trion, Eric Stromi, Sebastian Asteril, Mark Oberan, Bavin Moresol, Justin Emil and--this is Advisor Barok.

Letters ran into financial trouble a couple of years back, both neoconservative elder Norman Podhoretz and Nation columnist and blogger Eric Alterman rushed to its defense.

As they descended from the plane in Athens, they were met by Eric Boulter, the blind director of foreign-sponsored services for the blind in Greece.

Bob Irwin asked Eric Boulter to come over to the United States for an interview.

Nella lunched with Eric Boulter and Van Wyck Brooks, who brought a lawyer friend along to discuss a counterattack.

It was to Migel that Helen appealed in the festering dispute between Bob Barnett and Eric Boulter over the respective roles of the AFB and the AFOB.

Eric Climer represented humanity and became a worldwide celebrity largely because of a picture showing him with a butterfly on his shoulder.

Mr Lemley addressing Barry and Eric, whose mouths at this point resembled the ever-open splash cupulas of urinals found in the finest hotels in the land.

Reluctantly, Eric set aside his work, wrapping it tightly in a painted doeskin to keep it safe.

They sent their top epidemiologist, Joseph Hillman, to head up the investigation, and Public Health sent Eric Thacker.

Eric joined the stream of humanity descending the steps into the subway, whistling a Bach gigue to purge his brain of any remaining taint of irritation with Professor Levoisier.

If Eric Haile had arrived, she would not be able to see Herbert Whitall alone, but there was a good chance of being able to plant a few well chosen hints.

On the other George Considine, with Miss Whitaker on his left and Eric Haile between her and Lady Dryden.

Eric Haile coming up in support, and the whole party moved back into the room.