- 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 merc&emacron;s, wages).
(third-person singular simple present amerces, present participle amercing, simple past and past participle amerced)