Amerciament. A pecuniary punishment for some fault or misconduct, differing (in theory at least) from a fine in being less out of leniency (merci) than the fault or misconduct deserved. Magna Charta, c. 24, requires a freeman to be amerced only for a great fault, and in proportion only to its greatness. (pg 24.)

Source: Brown, Archibald. A New Law Dictionary and Institute of the Whole Law. London: Stevens & Hayes, 1874.

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