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mulct

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noun \ˈməlkt\

Definition of mulct

Examples of mulct in a sentence

  1. <the loan shark usually imposed a mulct of an additional 20% on overdue payments>

Origin and Etymology of mulct

Latin multa, mulcta


First Known Use: 1584


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mulct

verb

Definition of mulct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to punish by a fine

  3. 2a :  to defraud especially of money :  swindleb :  to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft

Examples of mulct in a sentence

  1. <trying to mulct the insurance company for an accident that never happened>

Did You Know?

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.

15th Century

First Known Use of mulct

15th century


Law Dictionary

mulct

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noun \ˈməlkt\

Legal Definition of mulct

  1. :  fine, penalty

mulct

transitive verb

Origin and Etymology of mulct

Latin multa mulcta


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