And-vitni

Old Norse Dictionary - and-vitni

Meaning of Old Norse word "and-vitni" in English.

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

and-vitni Old Norse word can mean:

and-vitni
n. a law term.
and-vitni
I. Icel. contradictory testimony, such as was contrary to law. Thus defined: þat er a. er menn bera gegn því sem áðr er borit, vætti í gegn kvið, eðr kviðr í gegn vætti, svá at eigi má hvárttveggja rétt vera, Grág. i. 59, 60; it was liable to the lesser outlawry, skoluð menn a. bera ok hér á þingi, en ef menn bera, ok varðar þat útlegð, enda á þat einskis at meta, id.; en ef menn bera þat a. varðar þat fjörbaugsgarð, ii. 272; bera þeir a. guðunum, false witness against the gods, 655 xiii. B. I.
and-vitni
II. Norse, where it appears to mean contradictory testimony, such as was usually admissible; ok koma eigi a. móti, n. G. l. ii. 89, v. l.; svá er ef einn ber vitni með manni sem engi beri, en tveir sem tíu, ef maðr uggir eigi a. móti, if one bears witness for a man it is as though no man bore witness for him, but two are as good as ten, if a man doth not fear that contradictory evidence will be brought against him, 150.

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

Abbreviations used:

m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
id.
idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
v.
vide.
v. l.
varia lectio.

Works & Authors cited:

Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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