mulct

noun
\ ˈməlkt \

Definition of mulct 

(Entry 1 of 2)

mulct

verb
mulcted; mulcting; mulcts

Definition of mulct (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to punish by a fine

2a : to defraud especially of money : swindle

b : to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft

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The Multi-layered mulct

Verb

A fine assessed as a penalty for an infraction is generally considered justifiable. Fraud, on the other hand, is wrong—it's just the sort of thing that deserves a fine. So in mulct we have a unique word, one that means both "to fine" and "to defraud." The "fine" sense came first. Mulct was borrowed from the Latin word for a fine, which is multa or mulcta. The "fine" sense is still in use, mostly in legal contexts ("the court mulcted the defendant for punitive damages"), but these days mulct is more often used for an illegal act. It has been speculated that the use may have come about by association with the verb milk, in its sense "to exploit, to coerce profit from" (as in "she was milked by the lawyers for everything she had"), but that speculation has never been proven.

Examples of mulct in a Sentence

Noun

the loan shark usually imposed a mulct of an additional 20% on overdue payments

Verb

trying to mulct the insurance company for an accident that never happened

First Known Use of mulct

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mulct

Noun

Latin multa, mulcta

Noun

Latin multa mulcta

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The first known use of mulct was in the 15th century

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mulct

noun
\ ˈməlkt \

Legal Definition of mulct 

Other words from mulct

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