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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.

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
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


A sum of money levied as punishment for an offense:
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Neglect of these duties entailed an amercement [(fine)] of the individual, the township or the hundred.
13 Sandpaper with amercement particles were used to irritate the inner surface of a rabbit's ear in a clockwise direction for 10 minutes.
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24-25, 1782) (negotiating with Senate over that body's amendment of amercement bill); S.
The ancient use of them was to answer for the plaintiff; who in case he brought an action without cause, or failed in the prosecution of it when brought, was liable to an amercement from the crown for raising a false accusation; and so the form of the judgment still is.
4, for example, the amercement of Thomas Hough for Ieaving muckheaps in the common streets and in le Watteringplace in the market stead; p.
Two years before that the Inner Temple had been more restrictive still, recording in its parliament that "first, it is ordered that the cooks or any other officer in the kitchen shall not have any woman or woman-kind to come or resort into the kitchen or kitchen door for any cause, upon pain that the officer to whom such person shall resort to lose his office or place, or otherwise be punished by amercement.
In those actions of ravishment appearing in common law courts as a trespass, a conviction would result in the accused paying an amercement, usually the equivalent of the goods allegedly stolen from the husband in addition to damages.
The punishment for impermissibly intruding upon the forest was amercement (fine) at the next Eyre in addition to an annual fine based on the crops sown: For every acre illegally planted, the fine was a shilling for winter corn (either wheat or rye) and sixpence for spring corn (generally oats).
16) The Magna Carta required that the amercement imposed on a criminal not to exceed the severity of his crime.
The large number of pleas involving relatively few villagers almost certainly reflects economic and social wherewithal; litigation was not something to be entered into lightly since an inquest cost money and a failure to produce law could result in an expensive amercement.
Chanakya mentioned, "when a person breaks the dam of a tank full of water, he shall be punished with the highest amercement and of a tank which is in ruins owing to neglect, he shall be punished with the middlemost amercement" (Shamasastry, 1915d, p.