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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Amerce  \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. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  amerce 
  v  1:  punish  with  an  arbitrary  penalty 
  2:  punish  by  a  fine  imposed  arbitrarily  by  the  discretion  of 
  the  court 




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