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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Definitions for emolument

  1. profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages.

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Citations for emolument
... in case of a certain revolution in the ministry, he should take an ostensible place in the new order of things, not indeed of the very first rank, but greatly higher, in point both of emolument and influence, than that which he now enjoyed. Sir Walter Scott, Waverley, 1814
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the constitution states that no American officeholder shall, “without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” , "What Is the Emoluments Clause?" The Economist, December 4, 2016
Origin of emolument
Emolument comes from the Latin noun ēmŏlŭmentum, ēmŏlĭmentum “profit, advantage.” Most modern sources claim that the noun derives from the verb ēmŏlĕre “to grind out (grain in a mill)”; the derivative noun would mean “profit from fees received for grinding grain.” Older sources claim that the noun derives from the verb ēmōlīrī “to cause by effort, stir up, rouse,” but the long vowels in ēmōlīrī do not agree with the short vowels of ēmŏlŭmentum, ēmŏlĭmentum. The word entered English in the 15th century.