Amercement A*merce"ment, n. [OF. amerciment.] The infliction of a penalty at the discretion of the court; also, a mulct or penalty thus imposed. It differs from a fine, in that the latter is, or was originally, a fixed and certain sum prescribed by statute for an offense; but an amercement is arbitrary. Hence, the act or practice of affeering. [See {Affeer}.] --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, in old books, is written {amerciament}. [1913 Webster]

{Amercement royal}, a penalty imposed on an officer for a misdemeanor in his office. --Jacobs. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • amercement — amerce·ment /ə mərs mənt/ n [Anglo French amerciment, from amercier to fine, from Old French a merci at one s mercy]: a fine or damages imposed at the discretion of the court Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • amercement — fine (see under PENALIZE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Amercement — An amercement is a financial penalty in English law, common during the Middle Ages, imposed either by the court or by peers. While it is often synonymous with a fine, it differs in that a fine is a fixed sum prescribed by statute and was often… …   Wikipedia

  • Amercement — 1) A financial penalty inflicted at the MERCY of the king or his justices for various minor offences. The offender is said to be IN MERCY and the monies paid to the crown to settle the matter is called amercement (See also Fine). 2) Sum paid to… …   Medieval glossary

  • amercement — See amerceable. * * * ▪ English law       in English law, an arbitrary financial penalty, formerly imposed on an offender by his peers or at the discretion of the court or the lord. Although the word has become practically synonymous with “fine,” …   Universalium

  • Amercement — Amerce|ment [ə mə:smənt] das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. amercement zu to emerce »(be)strafen«> (veraltet) Geldbuße, Geldstrafe (Rechtsw.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • amercement — /amarsmant/ A money penalty in the nature of a fine imposed upon an officer for some misconduct or neglect of duty. Sherman v. Upton, Inc., S.D., 242 N.W.2d 666, 667. At common law, it was assessed by the peers of the delinquent, or the affeerors …   Black's law dictionary

  • amercement — noun see amerce …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • amercement — noun A non statutory monetary penalty or forfeiture …   Wiktionary

  • Amercement — The imposition by a lord of a discretionary penalty; later the penalty itself. The greatest imposer of amercements was the king; they were a royal fine. *Magna Carta deals with such royal penalties. Thus, ch. 20 states of freemen: A free man… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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