n.1.(Anc. Law) A fine or amercement paid as part of a settlement for the shedding of blood; also, a riot wherein blood was spilled.
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72) The Statutory Charter of the Novgorod Prince Sviatoslav Ol'govich provided the Novgorodian archbishop with incomes from bloodwite payments in the Onega lands and incomes of 37 sorochki (a sorochka or sorok was a bundle of 40 luxury furs, i.