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Friday, October 12, 2001

mulct

\MULKT\ , noun;
1.
A fine or penalty.
transitive verb:
1.
To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.
2.
To obtain by fraud or deception.
3.
To defraud; to swindle.
Quotes:
Officials repaid such loans by mulcting the public in a variety of legal and extra-legal ways.
-- William H. McNeill, A World History
The fact that major corporations don't have to pay their own way, and instead are able to enlist legislators to mulct common citizens -- and businesses with more modest Washington connections -- deforms the entire political system.
-- Doug Bandow, "The Bipartisan Scandal of U.S. Corporate Welfare",
State lawmakers and state courts . . . [have] ditched old common law rules so as to charge deep-pocket defendants with harms that were once considered other people's fault, thus making it thinkable to mulct automakers for the costs of drunk drivers' crashes
-- Walter Olson, "Firing Squad", Reason, May 1999
Origin:
Mulct comes from Latin multa, "a fine."
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