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Definition of the verb amerce

What does amerce mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: amerced | amercing | amerces

  1. punish with an arbitrary penalty
  2. punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]The phone company billed me
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset]The phone company billed me $10
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset] for [Cause]The phone company billed me $10 for that phone call

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): bet, bill, charge, fine, invoice, mulct, overcharge, save, scrimp, spare, tax, tip, undercharge, wager.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: fine / ticket = issue a ticket or a fine to as a penalty

Alternative definition of the verb amerce


  1. [transitive] To impose a fine on; to fine.
  2. [transitive] To punish, to make an exaction.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for amerce

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Google previewThe Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of Ohio from the Earliest Period to September 1st, 1913 (1914)

by William Herbert Page

A motion to amerce is a complaint of misfeasance. It is a proceeding against one charged with the execution of a public trust or duty, both penal and summary in its character :* Cook v. Drake, 1 Dec. Rep.

Google previewContext in Language Learning and Language Understanding (1998)

by Kirsten Malmkj'r, John Williams

and field (amerce is a technical term in law ).

Google previewDictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

amerce amiss was often applied figuratively; Phineas Fletcher in THE PURPLE ISLAND (1633) mentioned Heav'ns richest diamonds, set in ammel white. amerce. To fine. Also amercement, a penalty, fine. From the French phrase a merci, ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

amerce, to fine ...

Google previewA Compendious Law Dictionary, Containing Both an Explanation of the Terms and the Law Itself (1803)

Intended for the Use of the Country Gentleman, the Merchant, and the Professional Man by Thomas Potts

a discretionary power, either to award a fine or emerceme'flt f“ contempt of the court; for a suitor's refusing to be sworn, 5Nand the steward of a court leet may either amerce or fine an 0ifender, upon an indictment for an offence not capital, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law (2000)

by Arthur English

Amerce. To punish or fine at the discretion of the court. See AMERCIAMEXT. Amercement. Same as AMERCIA- MENT. Amerciament. The pecuniary punishment imposed upon an offender against law. (Amerciaments differ from fines; fines are ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

affeer; amerce. Both words mean generally "to fine." Specifically, affeer = to fix the amount of [a fine] (W3). The variant spellings affeere and affere should be avoided. Amerce = to fine arbitrarily (OED), meaning that the amount of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1

M :AMERCE. AMERICA. M Divi sion s and boundaries. the issues. AMENANUS, in Ancient Geography, a river of Sicily, near Mount Etna; now called Guidicello. S' rnnno, v. AMEND', r. Annsn'nn, n. AMEND'FUL, Lat. cmcndare, c and menda, ...

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Video shows what amerce means. To impose a fine on; to fine.. To punish; to make an exaction.. Amerce Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary ...

Scrabble value of A1M3E1R1C3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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