Mulct: As a noun, a mulct is a fine, a tax, or a penalty. As a verb, to mulct is to take something of value by fraud or deceit.
Mulct is from the Latin word for penalty: mulcta.
Got mulcted? If so, someone took your money. And, the money they took? That’s also mulct. With inflation this high, we are likely all feeling a little mulcted these days.
Synonyms: deceive, defraud, fine, fleece, penalize, swindle