Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Wite \wahyt\ , noun;
1. Anglo-Saxon Law: A fine imposed by a king or lord on a subject who committed a serious crime
2. Anglo-Saxon Law: A fee demanded for granting a special privilege
3. Scottish: Responsibility for a crime, fault, or misfortune; blame
1. Scottish: To blame for; declare guilty of

Wite comes from Old English wita and gewita ("witness"), which derives from Proto-Germanic *witon-. Wite is related to the verb wit, meaning "to know." Wit is part of a family of Germanic words that, along with *witon-, ultimately derive from Proto-Indo-European woid- ("to see").

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