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Friday, February 26, 2010

Definitions for mulct

  1. A fine or penalty.
  2. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.
  3. To obtain by fraud or deception.

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Citations for mulct
Officials repaid such loans by mulcting the public in a variety of legal and extra-legal ways. William H. McNeill, A World History
The fact that major corporations don't have to pay their own way, and instead are able to enlist legislators to mulct common citizens -- and businesses with more modest Washington connections -- deforms the entire political system. Doug Bandow,
Origin of mulct
Mulct comes from Latin multa, "a fine."