- 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
Related Words for mulctpenalize, fleece, rook, balk, steal, forfeit, deceive, punish, fine, defraud, swindle
Examples from the Web for mulct
Historical Examples of mulct
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
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.The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales
- to cheat or defraud
- to fine (a person)
- a fine or penalty
Word Origin 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.