Amercing
Amerce A*merce" ([.a]*m[~e]rs"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Amerced} ([.a]*m[~e]rst"); 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 court amerced the criminal in the sum of one hundred dollars. [1913 Webster]

Note: The penalty or fine may be expressed without a preposition, or it may be introduced by in, with, or of. [1913 Webster]

2. To punish, in general; to mulct. [1913 Webster]

Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Shall by him be amerced with penance due. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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