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Examples of emolument in a Sentence
the annual emolument for the director of the charity is officially only one dollar
Recent Examples of emolument from the Web
The question of whether the president's company can profit directly from the government is raised in an emoluments lawsuit that was filed by an ethics watchdog group in January.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images Testing the emoluments clause in court: On Monday, an ethics watchdog filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for his financial ties to foreign governments.
Advisers to the president have argued that the emoluments clause doesn't apply to business transactions like hotel room rentals.
The committee was questioning whether Flynn violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars government officials from accepting gifts from foreign governments without Congressional approval.
To be sure, Congress hasn’t been too vigilant about the Constitution (e.g., failing to call Trump to account for his business interests that violate the emoluments clause).
But Shugerman said a reasonable argument could be made that emoluments would need a minimum value to qualify as a clear benefit.
This potential offense is broader than the emoluments clause.
Andres is married to Ronnie Abrams, a federal judge in Manhattan, who presided over lawsuits that accused Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments.
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Did You Know?
To Sir Thomas Williams Person of the Parish ... of Saint Andrew at Baynards Castle in London for his yearly pension 40 shillings ... in recompense of certain offerings, oblations, and emoluments unto the said benefice due.... Thus was recorded in "The Wardrobe Accounts of Edward the Fourth," along with every expense of the realm, the first ever known use of "emolument." By the year 1480, when that entry was made, Latin emolumentum had come to mean simply "profit" or "gain"; it had become removed from its own Latin predecessor, the verb molere, meaning "to grind." The original connection between the noun and this verb was its reference to the profit or gain from grinding another's grain. (The notion of grinding away at our jobs didn't show up in our language until the 1800s.)
Synonymswage, hire, packet [British], pay, paycheck, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipend
Related Wordsliving wage, minimum wage, nominal wages, take-home pay; double time, overtime, time and a half; compensation, recompense, remittance, remuneration, requital, return; recoupment, redress, reparation, restitution; reimbursement, repayment; earnings, profit, takings, yield
legal Definition of emolument
- the President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation…and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument
- —U.S. Constitution art. II
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