American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Law To punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily at the discretion of the court.
- v. To punish by imposing an arbitrary penalty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To punish by an arbitrary or discretionary fine: as, the court amerced the defendant in the sum of $100.
- To punish by inflicting a penalty of any kind, as by depriving of some right or privilege, or entailing some loss upon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court.
- v. To punish, in general; to mulct.
- v. punish with an arbitrary penalty
- v. punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
- From Anglo-Norman amercier, from Old French à ("at") + merci ("mercy"), thus “at the mercy of”; merci from Latin mercedem ("remuneration, favour, mercy"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English amercen, from Anglo-Norman amercier, from à merci, at the mercy of : à, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + merci, mercy (from Latin mercēs, wages). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whether you relate to the youth on the quest of nobility, the rogue along for the ride, or the princess risking everything for those she loves, you can amerce your self in it.”
“And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.”
“The court, therefore, doth condemn and amerce him in three porringers of curds, well cemented and closed together, shining like pearls, and codpieced after the fashion of the country, to be paid unto the said defendant about the middle of August in May.”
“And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; and they shall amerce him in a hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.”
“They shall _amerce_ him in one hundred shekels," and in 2 Chron. xxxvi.”
“They shall amerce him in one hundred shekels," and in 2 Chron. xxxvi.”
“If, indeed, I were rich, I would amerce myself in such a sum as I should be able to pay; for then I should have suffered no harm, but now -- for I can not, unless you are willing to amerce me in such a sum as I am able to pay.”
“I amerce myself, then, to you in that sum; and they will be sufficient sureties for the money.”
“But perhaps I could pay you a mina of silver: in that sum, then, I amerce myself.”
“Apollodorus bid me amerce myself in thirty minae, and they offer to be sureties.”
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