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  • 1 amerce — amerce; amerce·ment; …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 amerce — index fine, mulct (fine), penalize, punish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 amerce — (v.) 1215, earlier amercy, Anglo Fr. amercier to fine, from merci mercy, grace (see MERCY (Cf. mercy)). The legal phrase estre a merci to be at the mercy of (a tribunal, etc.) was corrupted to estre amercié in an example of how a legalese… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 amerce — fine, mulct, *penalize …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 amerce — [ə mʉrs′] vt. amerced, amercing [ME amercen < Anglo Fr amercier < OFr a merci, at the mercy of] 1. to punish by imposing an arbitrarily determined fine 2. to punish generally amercement n …

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  • 7 amerce — transitive verb (amerced; amercing) Etymology: Middle English amercien, from Anglo French amercier, from Old French a merci at (one s) mercy Date: 15th century to punish by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court; broadly punish • amercement… …

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  • 8 amerce — amerceable, adj. amercement, n. amercer, n. /euh merrs /, v.t., amerced, amercing. 1. to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute. 2. to punish by inflicting any discretionary or arbitrary penalty. [1250 1300; ME amercy < AF amerci(er) to… …

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  • 9 amerce — verb /əˈmɜːs/ a) To impose a fine on; to fine. b) To punish, to make an exaction …

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  • 10 Amerce — To impose a fine, of the kind imposed by a lord of the *manor. [< AnNor. amercier, a merci = at (the) mercy (of another)] Cf. Amercement …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 11 amerce — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To impose a fine on: fine2, mulct, penalize. See REWARD …

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  • 12 amerce — v. punish …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 amerce — v. a. Fine, mulct, impose a fine upon, deprive of, strip of …

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  • 14 amerce — a•merce [[t]əˈmɜrs[/t]] v. t. a•merced, a•merc•ing 1) law to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute 2) law to punish by inflicting any discretionary or arbitrary penalty • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME < AF amercier to fine, der. of (estre) …

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  • 15 amerce — /əˈmɜs/ (say uh mers) verb (t) (amerced, amercing) 1. to punish by an arbitrary or discretionary fine, i.e., one not fixed by statute. 2. to punish by inflicting a discretionary penalty of any kind. {Middle English amercy, from Old French phrase… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 amerce —   v.t. obsolete punish, especially by fine.    ♦ amercement, n.    ♦ amerciable, a …

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  • 17 amerce — /amars/ To impose an amercement or fine; to punish by a fine or penalty …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 18 amerce — /amars/ To impose an amercement or fine; to punish by a fine or penalty …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19 amerce — To fine or impose a penalty …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 20 amerce — v.tr. 1 Law punish by fine. 2 punish arbitrarily. Derivatives: amercement n. amerciable adj. Etymology: ME amercy f. AF amercier f. a at + merci MERCY …

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