\wˈe͡ɪd͡ʒd], \wˈeɪdʒd], \w_ˈeɪ_dʒ_d]\
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Carried on, as war. Note.-"Under the Gothic laws a pledge was given by a pursuer that this cause was just. When the appeal to the law took the form of a challenge to judicial combat, the challenger flung down his glove in court, which the challenged took up. This proceeding was signified by the mid. L. term vadiare duellum, the wager of battle. The same verb was used to designate analogous proceedings in a solemn declaration of war between two countries, and the term employed was vadiare bellum, the wager of war, or to wage war, although there was nothing in the nature of a pledge." Wedgwood.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.