Betrayal of or treachery towards a man's lord. Such a betrayal by a *thegn in the AS world dominated by lordship and the imperatives of loyalty was a great crime, since all members of a lord's household were bound to him by mutual oaths. [< OldEngl. hlaford = lord, master + swice = treachery, deceit]

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  • hláfordswice — m ( es/ as) high treason, treachery …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • hlafordswice — /(h)laevardzways/ Sax. In Saxon law, the crime of betraying one s lord (proditio domini); treason …   Black's law dictionary

  • hlafordswice — Betraying a lord; treason …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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