[ uh-murs ]
/ əˈmɜrs /
verb (used with object), a·merced, a·merc·ing.
to punish by imposing a fine not fixed by statute.
to punish by inflicting any discretionary or arbitrary penalty.
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Origin of amerce
OTHER WORDS FROM amerce
a·merce·a·ble, adjectivea·merce·ment, nouna·merc·er, nounun·a·merce·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for amercement
/ (əˈmɜːs) /
verb (tr) obsolete
law to punish by a fine
to punish with any arbitrary penalty
Derived forms of amerceamerceable, adjectiveamercement, nounamercer, noun
Word Origin for amerce
C14: from Anglo-French amercier, from Old French à merci at the mercy (because the fine was arbitrarily fixed); see mercy
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