A*merce" (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amerced (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Amercing.] [OF. amercier, fr. a merci at the mercy of, liable to a punishment. See Mercy.]

1.

To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court; as, the amerced the criminal in the sum on the hundred dollars.

⇒ The penalty of fine may be expressed without a preposition, or it may be introduced by in, with, or of.

2.

To punish, in general; to mulct.

Millions of spirits for his fault amerced Of Heaven. Milton.

Shall by him be amerced with penance due. Spenser.

 

© Webster 1913.

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