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[muhlkt] /mʌlkt/
verb (used with object)
to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.; swindle.
to obtain (money or the like) by fraud, extortion, etc.
to punish (a person) by fine, especially for a misdemeanor.
a fine, especially for a misdemeanor.
Origin of mulct
First recorded in 1475-85, mulct is from the Latin word mul(c)ta penalty involving loss of property
Related forms
unmulcted, adjective Unabridged
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  • If he come into debt by Contract, or mulct, the case is the same.

    Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
  • The offence that held 1500 soldiers in check was met by a mulct of two half-crowns.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • My remark was an epitogram—an axis—a kind of mulct'em in parvo.

  • When he is warned on a jury, he had rather pay the mulct than appear.

  • But they have a right to their own opinions, and I will not mulct them because of their conscientious convictions.

    Dr. Wortle's School Anthony Trollope
  • No mulct was paid for Harek's house-servants, and the rock was declared to be Grankel's.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • He continued to mulct them every day, and his reign was a long game of forfeits, in which the barons were always the sufferers.

    The Comic History Of England Gilbert Abbott A'Beckett
  • The bondes came then, according to agreement, to pay the mulct.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • Part of this mulct accrues to the King or to the community, part to him whose wrongs are vindicated, or to his next kindred.

  • For a long time, Spain had paid but meagre attention to her American possessions, save to mulct them for revenue.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for mulct


verb (transitive)
to cheat or defraud
to fine (a person)
a fine or penalty
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin multa a fine
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Word Origin and History for mulct

late 15c., "to punish by a fine," from Middle French mulcter "to fine, punish" (15c.), from Latin mulctare, altered (Barnhart calls it "false archaism") from multare "punish, to fine," from multa "penalty, fine," perhaps from Oscan or Samnite [Klein]. Sense of "defraud" is first recorded 1748. Related: Mulcted; mulcting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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