Amerce

Definition of Amerce

A`merce´   Pronunciation: å`mẽrs´
v. t.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 court amerced the criminal in the sum of one hundred dollars.
[imp. & p. p. Amerced (å*mẽrst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Amercing.]
2.To punish, in general; to mulct.
Millions of spirits for his fault amerced
Of Heaven.
- Milton.
Shall by him be amerced with penance due.
- Spenser.

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penalise, penalize, punish
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