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From Anglo-Latin wargus, a reflex of Old English warg, wearh, wearg (outlaw, criminal), from Proto-Germanic *wargaz (criminal), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (to twist, bend, crook).


wargus (plural wargi)

  1. (historical) An outlaw, outcast, or exile; one driven out of society for his crimes.
    • 1991, Katherine Fischer Drew, The Laws of the Salian Franks - Page 188:
      If anyone has dug up or despoiled a body already in the sepulchre, let him be an outlaw (wargus) — that is, let him be expelled from that district until it is agreeable to the relatives of the dead and those relatives themselves have sought on his behalf that he be allowed to live within the district.
    • 2012, Nancy J. Hirschmann, ‎Joanne H. Wright, Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes - Page 89:
      Rather, civilization is made when the wolf becomes sovereign. Hobbes's sovereign wolf resembles instead Giorgio Agamben's sovereign, the correlative figure to the homo sacer characterized as the banned Germanic outlaw, the wargus, or wolf-man: []
    • 2013, Gideon Baker, Hospitality and World Politics - Page 131:
      In ancient Germanic law, the wargus was a figure 'excluded from the community' whom 'anyone was permitted to kill'.
    • 2013, Peter Nyers, Rethinking Refugees: Beyond State of Emergency - Page 74:
      The Old Norse word for wolf (vargr) was also the legal term for “outlaw”—that is, the wolf is that person who is outside the law. In ancient Germanic law, the term wargus was used to refer to both the outlaw and the wolf-man.

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From Old English warg (outlaw, criminal), from Proto-Germanic *wargaz (criminal).



wargus m (genitive wargī); second declension

  1. (Medieval Latin, England) wargus


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative wargus wargī
Genitive wargī wargōrum
Dative wargō wargīs
Accusative wargum wargōs
Ablative wargō wargīs
Vocative warge wargī