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amerce Explained

Amerce at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Amerce \A*merce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Amerced}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Amercing}.] [OF. amercier, fr. a merci at the mercy of,
liable to a punishment. See {Mercy}.]
1. To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is
not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court;
as, the amerced the criminal in the sum on the hundred

Note: The penalty of fine may be expressed without a
preposition, or it may be introduced by in, with, or

2. To punish, in general; to mulct.

Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven.

Shall by him be amerced with penance due. --Spenser.

amerce at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: punish with an arbitrary penalty
2: punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of
the court

amerce at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » xno|en Inter: term » amercier|lang=xno, from Inter: etyl » fro|- Inter: term » à||at|lang=fro + Inter: term » merci||mercy|lang=fro, thus “at the mercy of”; merci from Inter: etyl » la|- Inter: term » mercedem||remuneration, favour, mercy|lang=la.


* Inter: IPA » /əˈmɜːs/

Alternative forms

* amercy


Inter: en-verb » amerc|es
  • Inter: transitiv » e To impose a fine on; to fine.
    1. But Ill amerce you with so strong a fine, that you shall all repent the loss of mine'' - Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
    2. 1806, The person, in whose house the conventicle met, was amerced a like sum. — Hume, History of England
    3. Inter: transitiv » e To punish, to make an exaction.
    4. 1667, condemn'd / For ever now to have thir lot in pain, / Millions of Spirits for his fault 'amerct' / Of Heavn — John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 607-10
    5. Thou shalt be amerced for sins unknown. - Byron, "Cain"

      Derived terms

      * amercement

      Related terms

      * mercy


      * Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|глобявам


      * raceme

    Translation: et » amerce
    Translation: ko » amerce
    Translation: ku » amerce
    Translation: mg » amerce
    Translation: my » amerce
    Translation: ta » amerce
    Translation: te » amerce
    Translation: vi » amerce