mulct


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mulct

(Defraud), verb cheat, deceive, embezzle, fudge, peculate, practice fraud, sharp, steal, swindle, trick

mulct

(Fine), verb amerce, deprive, distrain, exact a fine, impose a fine, penalize, punish
See also: bilk, confiscate, deceive, defraud, deprive, dupe, exact, fine, forfeiture, peculate, penalize, punishment, seize, steal, trover

mulct

to impose a financial penalty, sometimes used of a finding of expenses or costs against a party in a litigation.

MULCT, punishment. A fine imposed on the conviction of an offence.

MULCT, commerce. An imposition laid on ships or goods by a company of trade, for the maintenance of consuls and the like. Obsolete.

References in classic literature ?
These, then, are the situations in which men will be seditious: the causes for which they will be so are profit and honour; and their contrary: for, to avoid dishonour or loss of fortune by mulcts, either on their own account or their friends, they will raise a commotion in the state.
First, to be a Satisfaction or Compensation of that debt which is contracted by the violation of the Law: For as we have before shewne, and shall more fully shew in the next Chapter; there is an Obligation in case of every Law truely so caused to the obedience of it, and by the Act of Disobedience there grows a kind of forfeiture to the Governor from the Govern'd, which because what is done by such violation cannot be infectum [undone]: thence there (e) ariseth a just Exaction of a penalty or Mulct (15) upon the /fol.
If A may not assault and batter B in his quest to mulct money from the latter, because to do so would be barbaric, then it matters not one jot or tittle that A amasses a majority of voters to his side, and then with this dubious moral backing, does precisely the same thing to B as he did before.