Definition of mulct in English:

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Pronunciation: /məlkt/


[with object]
1Extract money from (someone) by fine or taxation: no government dared propose to mulct the taxpayer for such a purpose
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  • They guarantee overtime to specific, politically approved occupations: namely those in the public sector where overtime merely results in mulcting the taxpayer.
  • The alleged debt is simply an accounting fiction that provides a mask over reality and furnishes a convenient means for mulcting the taxpayer.
  • You wouldn't catch me in one even though Kennet Council mulcts me for hundreds of pounds every year to subsidise their ‘Leisure Centres’.
1.1 (mulct someone of) Deprive someone of (money or possessions) by fraudulent means: he mulcted Shelly of $75,000
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  • Supposing a landowner exploits his tenants and mulcts them of the fruit of their toil by appropriating it to his own use.
  • They write, ‘Indians had little comprehension of the value of money, the ownership of land… and so land sharks and grog sellers found it easy to mulct them of their property’.
  • Before he left for the north, Henry mulcted the citizens of 500 marks.


A fine or compulsory payment.
Example sentences
  • The punishments and penalty for first offense could include a jailhouse term of up to one twelvemonth plus a mulct of up to $3000.
  • In the Gula-Thing law it is written that the murderer's family had to pay a mulct of 189 cows for the killing of a freeholder.


Late 15th century: from Latin mulctare, multare, from mulcta 'a fine'.

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Syllabification: mulct

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