verb (amerc, es)
- (transitive) To impose a fine on; to fine.
Etymology: Shortened form of amercy, from Anglo-French amercier, from í + merci (from mercedem "remuneration, favour, mercy").
- But I'll you with so strong a fine, that you shall all repent the loss of mine - Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
- 1806: The person, in whose house the conventicle met, was amerced a like sum. " Hume, History of England
- (transitive) To punish, to make an exaction.
- 1667: condemn'd / For ever now to have thir lot in pain, / Millions of Spirits for his fault amerc't / Of Heav'n " John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 607-10
- Thou shalt be amerced for sins unknown. - Byron, "Cain"
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