amerce


amerce

verb \ə-ˈmərs\
amercedamerc·ing

Definition of AMERCE

transitive verb
:  to punish by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court; broadly :  punish
amerce·ment \-ˈmər-smənt\ noun
amer·cia·ble \-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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