from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The avenging of the murder of a man by his next of kin, in accordance with the ancient custom of demanding a life for a life. Also called blood-vengeance.


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  • Habzalam Bazazah, son of the Emir Khálid, by reason of his passion for the damsel Jessamine, and how he himself was released from bonds and that it was he who stole the habit and the lamp: so do thou, O Commander of the Faithful, take my blood-revenge for my father on him who murdered him.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And now, O my child, when thou seest Ahmad al-Danaf the captain, do thou say to him, ‘I conjure thee, by Allah, O my chief, take my blood-revenge on the murderer of my father Ala al-Din Abu al-Shamat!’

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Barkan is perfidious and will never rest from wreaking blood-revenge on us, but will assuredly assemble his legions and return to attack us; wherefore I am minded to forestall him and follow the trail of his defeat, whilst he is yet weakened thereby.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Gharib, “Return to thy lord and tell him that the commander of this host is called Gharib, son of Kundamir, King of Cufa, whom his son Ajib slew, and he is come to take blood-revenge for his sire on Ajib the perfidious hound.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Sorry for not demand blood-revenge on the murders on our countrymen by Muslims

    February 2006

  • He permitted his avowed enemies to live peaceably in the bosom of their families, and the people to indulge in bloody affrays among themselves, which frequently happened either in consequence of blood-revenge, or the jealousies which the inhabitants of different quarters of the town entertained against each other; sometimes fighting for weeks together, but generally with sticks, lances, and daggers, and not with fire-arms.

    Travels in Arabia

  • The different branches of the Djeheyne tribe established here have each their sheikh: they quarrel with each other as often as they might do if encamping in the open country, and observe the same laws in their hostilities and their blood-revenge as the Bedouins.

    Travels in Arabia

  • “Thar,” the blood-revenge right, acknowledged by law and custom.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • These people, as has been said, often resort to Arafat for blood-revenge, in hopes of finding the victim unprepared.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • More strictly, however, it denoted secret murder, which in Germanic antiquity was alone regarded as (in the modern sense) a crime, open homicide being considered a private wrong calling for blood-revenge or compensation.

    Excerpt: The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester


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