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amercement

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Amercement \A*merce"ment\, noun [OF. amerciment.] The infliction of a penalty at the discretion of the court; also, a mulct or penalty thus imposed. It differs from a fine, in that the latter is, or was originally, a fixed and certain sum prescribed by statute for an offense; but an amercement is arbitrary. Hence, the act or practice of affeering. [See {Affeer}.] --Blackstone.

Note: This word, in old books, is written {amerciament}.

{Amercement royal}, a penalty imposed on an officer for a misdemeanor in his office. --Jacobs.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

amercement

noun

1: money extracted as a penalty [syn: {fine}, {mulct}, {amercement}]


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