Danegeld : Definition


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Definitions of Danegeld

Pronunciation : Dane"geld`, Dane"gelt`
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [AS. danegeld. See Dane, and Geld, n.] (Eng. Hist.)
Definition : Defn: An annual tax formerly laid on the English nation to buy off the ravages of Danish invaders, or to maintain forces to oppose them. It afterward became a permanent tax, raised by an assessment, at first of one shilling, afterward of two shillings, upon every hide of land throughout the realm. Wharton's Law Dict. Tomlins.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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