Af-sifja

Old Norse Dictionary - af-sifja

Meaning of Old Norse word "af-sifja" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

af-sifja
að, [sifjar], a law term, to cut off from one’s ‘sib,’ alienate from one’s family, renounce; gefa má maðr vingjafir at sér lifanda, hest eða yxn, vápn eða þvílíka grfpi, ok afsifjar (Cod. A reads afsitjar, but doubtless wrongly) hann sér þó at sex skynsömum mönnum þyki eigi arfsvik gör við erfingja, Jb. 163, D. N. i. 141, Pál Vidal. p. 84. The word appears to be a Norse law term, and does not occur in the laws of the Icel. Commonwealth, but came into use with the code Jb.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᚠ-ᛋᛁᚠᛁᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

Cod.
Codex.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.

Works & Authors cited:

D. N.
Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
Jb.
Jóns-bók. (B. III.)
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