transitive verbamerced′, amerc′ing
- to punish by imposing an arbitrarily determined fine
- to punish generally
Origin of amerceMiddle English amercen from Anglo-French amercier from Old French a merci, at the mercy of
transitive verba·merced, a·merc·ing, a·merc·es Law
To punish by fine or other penalty.
Origin of amerceMiddle 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 )
(third-person singular simple present amerces, present participle amercing, simple past and past participle amerced)