- to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute.
- to punish by inflicting any discretionary or arbitrary penalty.
Origin of amerce
Examples from the Web for amerced
But even in this court it was the law "that none be amerced but by his peers."An Essay on the Trial by Jury
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.
For a trifling riot in the City (a mere pretext), the mayor and aldermen were amerced in the sum of £6,000.Old and New London
Earls and barons shall be amerced only by their peers, and only in accordance with the seriousness of the offense.
- law to punish by a fine
- to punish with any arbitrary penalty
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.