Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for mulct
Historical Examples
  • The entire business is carried on to catch and mulct tourists.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • If he come into debt by Contract, or mulct, the case is the same.

    Leviathan Thomas Hobbes
  • It is too early yet to say what the result of the “mulct” Act will be.

    Sober by Act of Parliament Fred A. McKenzie
  • The offence that held 1500 soldiers in check was met by a mulct of two half-crowns.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • The mulct to be imposed upon the parish of Epinal was never exacted.

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

  • But incidentally, they're going to mulct every other cattle owner in the state.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • My remark was an epitogram—an axis—a kind of mulct'em in parvo.

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

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • The bondes came then, according to agreement, to pay the mulct.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for mulct

Word Value for mulct

Scrabble Words With Friends