from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A penalty such as a fine.
- transitive v. To penalize by fining or demanding forfeiture.
- transitive v. To acquire by trickery or deception.
- transitive v. To defraud or swindle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine or penalty, especially a pecuniary one.
- v. To impose such a fine or penalty.
- v. To swindle (someone) out of money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fine or penalty, esp. a pecuniary punishment or penalty.
- n. A blemish or defect.
- transitive v. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or forfeiture, esp. a pecuniary fine; to fine.
- transitive v. Hence, to deprive of; to withhold by way of punishment or discipline.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine or other penalty imposed on a person for some offense or misdemeanor, usually a pecuniary fine.
- n. A blemish; a defect.
- n. Synonyms Amercement, forfeit, forfeiture, penalty, fine.
- To punish by fine or forfeiture; deprive of some possession as a penalty; deprive: formerly with either the crime or the criminal as object, now only with the latter: followed by in or of before the thing: as, to mulct a person in $300; to mulct a person of something.
- To punish, in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impose a fine on
- v. deprive of by deceit
- n. money extracted as a penalty
From Middle English multen, to fine, from Latin multāre, mulctāre, from mulcta, fine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mulcta, from Proto-Italic. (Wiktionary)