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 emoluments lawsuit was originally filed on Jan. 23 by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal government watchdog group whose board includes constitutional scholars and former White House ethics lawyers.
A lawyer involved in the emoluments case against Trump who asked not to be identified said the company's approach violates the Constitution's ban on the president receiving foreign gifts.
And last month, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan contending that Mr. Trump had violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other businesses to accept payments from foreign governments.
The emoluments clause bars the president from receiving gifts and payments from foreign governments.
The Constitution prohibits U.S. officials from getting payments from foreign powers, in what’s known as its emoluments clause.
That may not be legally required, since federal conflict-of-interest laws don’t fully apply to the President, though the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause should.
And, of course, there’s congressional remedies for sufficiently serious Emoluments Clause violations: impeachment or congressional investigation.
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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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