from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily at the discretion of the court.
- transitive v. To punish by imposing an arbitrary penalty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To impose a fine on; to fine.
- v. To punish; to make an exaction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court.
- transitive v. To punish, in general; to mulct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To punish by an arbitrary or discretionary fine: as, the court amerced the defendant in the sum of $100.
- To punish by inflicting a penalty of any kind, as by depriving of some right or privilege, or entailing some loss upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. punish with an arbitrary penalty
- v. punish by a fine imposed arbitrarily by the discretion of the court
Middle English amercen, from Anglo-Norman amercier, from à merci, at the mercy of : à, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + merci, mercy (from Latin mercēs, wages).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman amercier, from Old French à ("at") + merci ("mercy"), thus “at the mercy of”; merci from Latin mercedem ("remuneration, favour, mercy"). (Wiktionary)