Definition of emolument
1 : the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
2 archaic : advantage
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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 essay by one William J. Watkins, Jr., seeks to pooh-pooh the president*'s obvious attempts to monetize his office in apparent violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause, which is the subject of current legal action.
The president’s own business dealings have drawn lawsuits for alleged violations of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.
At a press conference announcing the lawsuit on Monday, Frosh and Racine similarly asserted that whether the president demonstrably acts a certain way after receiving specific emoluments is immaterial to their case.
But Trump's business empire is unlike any previous president's and has raised new questions about conflicts of interest and what constitutes a gift from a foreign nation under the emoluments clause.
Although the emoluments clause has a complex history, the request by the lawmakers is rather simple.
The lawsuit alleges Trump has violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which forbids federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress.
The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgement from the court declaring that Trump is subject to the Emoluments Clause, and an order enjoining Trump from accepting emoluments.
The congressional lawsuit is just the latest legal challenge over whether the payments Trump accepts from foreign governments should be considered foreign emoluments.
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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.)
Legal Definition of emolument
: a return arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites 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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