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a·merce

 (ə-mûrs′)
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).]

a·merce′a·ble adj.
a·merce′ment n.
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amerce

(əˈmɜːs)
vb (tr)
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]
aˈmerceable adj
aˈmercement n
aˈmercer n
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a•merce

(əˈmɜrs)

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]
a•merce′a•ble, adj.
a•merce′ment, n.
a•merc′er, n.
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amerce


Past participle: amerced
Gerund: amercing

Imperative
amerce
amerce
Present
I amerce
you amerce
he/she/it amerces
we amerce
you amerce
they amerce
Preterite
I amerced
you amerced
he/she/it amerced
we amerced
you amerced
they amerced
Present Continuous
I am amercing
you are amercing
he/she/it is amercing
we are amercing
you are amercing
they are amercing
Present Perfect
I have amerced
you have amerced
he/she/it has amerced
we have amerced
you have amerced
they have amerced
Past Continuous
I was amercing
you were amercing
he/she/it was amercing
we were amercing
you were amercing
they were amercing
Past Perfect
I had amerced
you had amerced
he/she/it had amerced
we had amerced
you had amerced
they had amerced
Future
I will amerce
you will amerce
he/she/it will amerce
we will amerce
you will amerce
they will amerce
Future Perfect
I will have amerced
you will have amerced
he/she/it will have amerced
we will have amerced
you will have amerced
they will have amerced
Future Continuous
I will be amercing
you will be amercing
he/she/it will be amercing
we will be amercing
you will be amercing
they will be amercing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been amercing
you have been amercing
he/she/it has been amercing
we have been amercing
you have been amercing
they have been amercing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been amercing
you will have been amercing
he/she/it will have been amercing
we will have been amercing
you will have been amercing
they will have been amercing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been amercing
you had been amercing
he/she/it had been amercing
we had been amercing
you had been amercing
they had been amercing
Conditional
I would amerce
you would amerce
he/she/it would amerce
we would amerce
you would amerce
they would amerce
Past Conditional
I would have amerced
you would have amerced
he/she/it would have amerced
we would have amerced
you would have amerced
they would have amerced
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.amerce - punish with an arbitrary penaltyamerce - punish with an arbitrary penalty  
amerce - punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
penalise, penalize, punish - impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on; "The students were penalized for showing up late for class"; "we had to punish the dog for soiling the floor again"
2.amerce - punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the courtamerce - 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
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amerce

verb
To impose a fine on:
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And now he drags me like a criminal, A bride unwed, amerced of marriage-song And marriage-bed and joys of motherhood, By friends deserted to a living grave.
Magna Carta provided that "earls and barons shall not be amerced but by their peers, and according to the degree of the offence" (Maidand and Montague 1915, 207).
A fifth example occurs in Clauses 20, 21, and 22, which, taken together, granted that thenceforth all free men, all earls and barons, and all clerics would be amerced (that is penalized by having to pay fines to the King) only in accordance with the gravity of the offences they had committed.
* Article 20: "A free man is not to be amerced for a small offence except in proportion to the nature of the offence,...
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The ship North Islands was wrecked off Llollea near San Antonio, Chile on September 7th 1997 In medieval times Cargo Fleet was known as Kaldecotes, situated at the point where Marton and Ormesby becks joined the Tees According to Middlesbrough FC folklore, the idea for forming the club was suggested during a tripe supper in the Corporation Hotel - although this has been disputed The small town of Skelton-in-Cleveland is made up of North Skelton, Skelton Green, Old Skelton and New Skelton In 1180 the town of Marske was amerced (fined) 20 marks for its part in pillaS ging a Norwegian vessel
Undercurrents of resentment over this outcome are alluded to in a 1378 Walsham court entry, when William Hawys is 'amerced 3d.
20-22 (1215) (providing that an individual "shall not be amerced for a slight offence, except in accordance with the degree of the offense").
(28) Some streetmasters probably had an unenviable task: the one for the marketstead frequently amerced for failing to maintain the cleanliness of le beast markett, le markettsted, and le backlane, probably because of the sheer difficulty of ensuring its cleanliness as much as his own dilatoriness.
The violators will be amerced with in range of 20 to 50 yuan" - Poster in Beijing, warning visitors to the Olympic Games.