Danegeld

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Apparently from Old Norse *Danagjald (Old Danish Danegjeld), from the genitive plural Danir ‎(Danes) + gjald ‎(payment, tribute).

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Danegeld ‎(uncountable)

  1. (historical) A tax raised originally to protect against Viking raiders in the 10th and 11th centuries, and later continued as a land tax.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      And who shall then stick closest to ye, and excite others? not he who takes up armes for cote and conduct, and his four nobles of Danegelt.

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