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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).]

a·merce′a·ble adj.
a·merce′ment n.
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amercement, amerciament

1. punishment or penalty applied at the discretion of a court or other authority, as contrasted with a penalty predetermined by statute.
2. the imposing of such a penalty. — amercer, n.
See also: Punishment
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amercement - money extracted as a penaltyamercement - money extracted as a penalty  
penalty - a payment required for not fulfilling a contract
library fine - fine imposed by a library on books that overdue when returned
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A sum of money levied as punishment for an offense:
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References in classic literature ?
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,...
Fines were amerced fairly often on bondsmen for sending sons to Oxford, which, however financially troublesome, did frequently provide a means of access to university education, because the "unfree" (paradoxically) could be financially better off than free tenants might be.
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.