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Sullivan says that both plaintiffs and defendants were liable to amercement.

If any one happen to fall into my amercement he may be reasonably fined by my bailiff and the faithful burgesses of the court.

WORD ORIGIN

1215, earlier amercy, Anglo-French amercier "to fine," from merci "mercy, grace" (see mercy). The legal phrase estre a merci "to be at the mercy of" (a tribunal, etc.) was corrupted to estre amercié in an example of how a legalese adverbial phrase can become a verb (cf. abandon). The sense often was "to fine arbitrarily."

Related: Amercement; amerciable.

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