The person in whose house the conventicle met, was amerced a like sum with the preacher.
One found guilty of it could be fined and imprisoned as well as amerced.
I have been thrust into prison, and amerced in a heavy fine.
But if servants misbehave themselves, or leave their places, not being regularly discharged, they ought to be amerced or punished.
Earls and barons shall be amerced only by their peers, and only in accordance with the seriousness of the offense.
Such presentments are made by a set of at least twelve men, and the presented person is amerced there and then.
The fines are so numerous that it almost appears that every person on the estate was amerced from time to time.
But even in this court it was the law "that none be amerced but by his peers."
For a trifling riot in the City (a mere pretext), the mayor and aldermen were amerced in the sum of £6,000.
1215, earlier amercy, Anglo-French amercier "to fine," from merci "mercy, grace" (see 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 adverbial phrase can become a verb (cf. abandon). The sense often was "to fine arbitrarily."
Frans hom ne seit amerciez pour petit forfet. [Magna Charta]Related: Amercement; amerciable.