mulct

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mulct impose a fine on "he was fined for littering"
    • v mulct deprive of by deceit "He swindled me out of my inheritance","She defrauded the customers who trusted her","the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"
    • n mulct money extracted as a penalty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was the law in Scotland in 1288 that for each year known as "lepe yeare" any maiden lady could ask the man she liked to be her husband. If he refused and didn't have a good excuse he would be "mulcted of ye sum of one pound or less" (essentially, he would owe her a dollar). France enacted a similar law a year later.
    • Mulct A blemish or defect.
    • Mulct A fine or penalty, esp. a pecuniary punishment or penalty.
    • Mulct Hence, to deprive of; to withhold by way of punishment or discipline.
    • Mulct To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or forfeiture, esp. a pecuniary fine; to fine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mulct A fine or other penalty imposed on a person for some offense or misdemeanor, usually a pecuniary fine.
    • n mulct A blemish; a defect.
    • n mulct Synonyms Amercement, forfeit, forfeiture, penalty, fine.
    • mulct To punish by fine or forfeiture; deprive of some possession as a penalty; deprive: formerly with either the crime or the criminal as object, now only with the latter: followed by in or of before the thing: as, to mulct a person in $300; to mulct a person of something.
    • mulct To punish, in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mulct mulkt a fine: a penalty
    • v.t Mulct to fine
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mulctare, multare,

Usage

In literature:

Jimmy tried to take the blame; but the Magistrate, without relaxing his face, fined him two pounds and mulcted Farrell in five.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I'm sure the Board will mulct her heavily.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
He, however, would not ensure but that we might be met and mulcted by the Beni Sukh'r for leave to traverse their territory.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
There are companies of them, who guarantee to cure anything, and skilfully mulct the sick of their last penny.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
Eleven out of every twelve jurymen in this state would mulct an Agnostic rather than give him damages.
"Gulmore, The Boss" by Frank Harris
In the pamphlet it is "sconced"; that very common old word for fined or mulcted.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
Our handbags were taken out of the room, doubtless to be examined at leisure by the old woman, and mulct of anything valuable.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Others have enriched themselves by apostasy, or, being rich, have avoided impoverishing mulcts and taxes.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
As a result of the trials Selkirk was mulcted in damages to the extent of L2000.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
You will pay more taxes in the future, and be mulcted in a fine.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Before you lash the detected class, mulct the undetected.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
An evil result from the public point of view followed from the system of atoning for crime by pecuniary mulct.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
They were mulcted in chocolates and hansoms and cigarettes.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Mezeray refused to alter them, and was mulcted accordingly of part of his pension.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The mulct was fixed at 7s.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
It is too early yet to say what the result of the "mulct" Act will be.
"Sober by Act of Parliament" by Fred A. McKenzie
Egad, I would as lief pay down at once one year's income as to be so uncertainly mulcted.
"Constance Sherwood" by Lady Georgiana Fullerton
These people felt that they were being mulcted.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
Salandri, who executed it in 1836-38, had already been mulcted for bad workmanship.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey
This waste will reflect itself in needlessly high prices which, while they mulct the buyer, bring the seller little gain.
"New Homes for Old" by Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
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