verb (used with object), a·merced, a·merc·ing.
Origin of amerce
Examples from the Web for amerced
Such presentments are made by a set of at least twelve men, and the presented person is amerced there and then.
I have been thrust into prison, and amerced in a heavy fine.Thoughts on African Colonization|William Lloyd Garrison
One found guilty of it could be fined and imprisoned as well as amerced.
The fines are so numerous that it almost appears that every person on the estate was amerced from time to time.A Short History of English Agriculture|W. H. R. Curtler
But if servants misbehave themselves, or leave their places, not being regularly discharged, they ought to be amerced or punished.Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business|Daniel Defoe
British Dictionary definitions for amerced
verb (tr) obsolete
Word Origin for amerce
Word Origin and History for amerced
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.