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Mulct   /məlkt/   Listen

Money extracted as a penalty.  Synonyms: amercement, fine.

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"Mulct" Quotes from Famous Books

... O, O! stay Cutbeard! let him give me five shillings of my money back. As it is bounty to reward benefits, so is it equity to mulct injuries. I will have it. What ...
— Epicoene - Or, The Silent Woman • Ben Jonson

... hear; the loud bellowing of wind, the roaring of thunder, and the almost continuous crashing of trees, whose branches break off as though they were but brittle glass. And the stream which courses past close to the cave's mouth, now a tiny mulct, will soon be a raging, foaming torrent, as ...
— Gaspar the Gaucho - A Story of the Gran Chaco • Mayne Reid

... "the devil walketh through dry places." Mr Banks once asked, whether they thought Satan spent the money, or eat the victuals? he was answered, that as to the money, it was considered rather as a mulct upon an offender, than a gift to him who had enjoined it, and that therefore, if it was devoted by the dreamer, it mattered not into whose hands it came, and they supposed that it was generally the prize of some stranger who wandered that way; but as to the meat, they were clearly of ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 13 • Robert Kerr

... the drollest spectacles I have ever seen. That venerable political firebrand had been adjudged guilty of contempt of court and had been sentenced to seven days' imprisonment as a first-class misdemeanant. He was mulct in some inconsiderable fine as well, and he was allowed to suit his own convenience and fancy as to the time and manner of surrender. He chose to present himself to his gaolers on a Sunday, and to arrive in an open carriage at the head ...
— Recollections • David Christie Murray

... if there be a Power too just and strong To wink at crimes, and bear unpunish'd wrong, 100 Look humbly upward, see His will disclose The forfeit first, and then the fine impose: A mulct thy poverty could never pay, Had not Eternal Wisdom found the way: And with celestial wealth supplied thy store: His justice makes the fine, His mercy quits the score. See God descending in thy human frame; The Offended ...
— The Poetical Works of John Dryden, Vol I - With Life, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes • John Dryden

... if no flocks and herds enrich the son of Sinan? They went when his tribe was mulct, ten thousand camels the due, Blood-value paid perforce for a murder done of old. 'God gave them, let them go! But never since time began, 10 Muleykeh, peerless mare, owned master the match of you, And you are my prize, my Pearl; I laugh ...
— Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning • Robert Browning

... Fyffe, Orknay and Shetland, Murray, Cathanes, and Sutherland, at 10 p. the peice, 3 pound. Item, at Pitmeddens woman's marriage, given by my selfe and my wife, 2 dollars and a shil. Item, on halfe a dozen of acornie[678] spoons, 2 shillings. Item, payed to Adam Scot for a mulct in being absent from a meiting of the advocats, 28 shiling. Item, payed to Edward Gilespie for my seat maill[679] from Whitsonday 1672 to Whitsonday 1673, 12 lb. Item, to the copier of Mckeinzies Criminalls, a mark. Item, to the barber, halfe a mark. To the kirk basin, halfe a mark. ...
— Publications of the Scottish History Society, Vol. 36 • Sir John Lauder

... to the desperate "Order in Council" to pull down all new houses within ten miles of the metropolis—and further, to direct the Attorney-General to indict all those sojourners in town who had country houses, and mulct them in ruinous fines. The rural gentry were "to abide in their own counties, and by their housekeeping in those parts were to guide and relieve the meaner people according to the ancient usage ...
— Literary Character of Men of Genius - Drawn from Their Own Feelings and Confessions • Isaac D'Israeli

... regulation is particularly oppressive and palpably unjust. It matters not how slight the offence may have been, it is discretionary with the special magistrate to mulct the apprentice of his Saturdays. This provision really would appear to have been made expressly for the purpose of depriving the apprentices of their own time. It is a direct inducement to the master to complain. ...
— The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus • American Anti-Slavery Society

Words linked to "Mulct" :   short, levy, impose, rip off, cheat, chisel, library fine, penalty

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