American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Payment for an office or employment; compensation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office, as salary, fees, and perquisites.
- n. Profit; advantage; gain in general; that which promotes the good of any person or thing.
- n. Synonyms Remuneration, pay, wages, stipend, income.
- n. Benefit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The profit arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation; advantage; perquisites, fees, or salary.
- n. compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)
- From Latin emolumentum (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin ēmolumentum, gain, originally a miller's fee for grinding grain, from ēmolere, to grind out : ē-, ex-, ex- + molere, to grind; see melə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To be true to their own interests they must be false to those of their constituents, for with a lobby backed by THE MONEYED RINGS, corporations and syndicates, emolument is theirs if they will but reciprocate.”
“The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.”
“Without ‘been’, the clause can be interpreted as the active voice where the emolument is the subject.”
“Yesterday's term was emolument, which is defined as:”
“But then, he was gaining in popularity, and what did it matter if his office was filled to overflowing with exotic paraphernalia, he was reaching that apex to which he had aspired, and the emolument was a mere bagatelle.”
“The employments in the President's gift count by thousands throughout the whole country, and of course a new President means so many thousand people struggling to retain, and so many thousand people struggling to obtain, office, i.e., emolument, that is to me one of the worst features of the whole system, and one of the most fruitful of mischief and political degradation ....”
“Having found myself rather worse, these two or three last days, I was obliged to take some ipecacuanha last night; and, what you will think odd, for a vomit, I brought it all up again in about an hour, to my great satisfaction and emolument, which is seldom the case in restitutions.”
“Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it.”
“The Maintenance Act provides mechanisms for the enforcement of maintenance orders, such as emolument attachments, attachment of property and garnishee orders.”
“The "emolument" derived from this second edition at last enabled her to pay her debts, and to put out a small sum upon interest.”
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