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[muhlkt] /mʌlkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to deprive (someone) of something, as by fraud, extortion, etc.; swindle.
2.
to obtain (money or the like) by fraud, extortion, etc.
3.
to punish (a person) by fine, especially for a misdemeanor.
noun
4.
a fine, especially for a misdemeanor.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin mul(c)ta penalty involving loss of property
Related forms
unmulcted, adjective
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mulct

/mʌlkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cheat or defraud
2.
to fine (a person)
noun
3.
a fine or penalty
Word Origin
C15: via French from Latin multa a fine
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Word Origin and History for unmulcted

mulct

v.

late 15c., "to punish by a fine," from Middle French mulcter "to fine, punish" (15c.), from Latin mulctare, altered (Barnhart calls it "false archaism") from multare "punish, to fine," from multa "penalty, fine," perhaps from Oscan or Samnite [Klein]. Sense of "defraud" is first recorded 1748. Related: Mulcted; mulcting.

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