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Today's Word "mulct"

A fine or penalty on

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mulct \MULKT\ (noun) - 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.

"Rather than paying for new roadway infrastructure the honest way, by raising gas taxes, officials instead elected to mulct the public in a confounding variety of legal and extra-legal fashions."

 

Mulct comes from Latin multa, "a fine."


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