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amerce

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verb \ə-ˈmərs\

Definition of amerce

amercedamerc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to punish by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court; broadly :  punish

amerce·mentplay \-ˈmər-smənt\ noun
amer·cia·ble play \-ˈmər-sē-ə-bəl, -ˈmər-shə-bəl\ adjective


Origin of amerce

Middle English amercien, from Anglo-French amercier, from Old French a merci at (one's) mercy


First Known Use: 15th century


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