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tr.v. a·merced, a·merc·ing, a·merc·es Law
To punish by fine or other penalty.
[Middle English amercen, from Anglo-Norman amercier, from à merci, at the mercy of : à, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + merci, mercy (from Latin mercēs, wages).]
1. (Law) law to punish by a fine
2. (Historical Terms) to punish with any arbitrary penalty
[C14: from Anglo-French amercier, from Old French à merci at the mercy (because the fine was arbitrarily fixed); see mercy]
v.t. a•merced, a•merc•ing.
1. to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute.
2. to punish by inflicting any discretionary or arbitrary penalty.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French amercier to fine, derivative of (estre) a merci (to be) at (someone's) mercy. See a-5, mercy]
Past participle: amerced
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|Verb||1.||amerce - punish with an arbitrary penalty |
amerce - punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
|2.||amerce - punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court|
fine, ticket - issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty; "I was fined for parking on the wrong side of the street"; "Move your car or else you will be ticketed!"
amerce - punish with an arbitrary penalty