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Tax (verb)

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To Tax. v.a. [taxer, Fr. from the noun.]

  1. To load with imposts.

    Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh, but he taxed the land to give the money. 2 Kings xxiii. 35.

  2. [Taxo, Lat.] To charge; to censure; to accuse. It has of or with before the fault imputed, and is used both of persons and things.

    How many hath he killed? I promised to eat all of his killing. — Niece, you tax signior Benedick too much; but he'll be meet with you. Shakespeare.

    I am not justly to be taxed with any presumption for meddling with matters wherein I have no dealing. Raleigh.

    Tax not divine disposal, wisest men
    Have err'd, and by bad women been deceiv'd.
    Milton.

    They cannot tax others omissions towards them without a tacit reproach of their own. Decay of Piety.

    He taxed not Homer nor Virgil for interesting their gods in the wars of Troy and Italy; neither would he have taxed Milton for his choice of a supernatural argument. Dryden.

    Mens virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes. Dryden.

    He call'd him back aloud, and tax'd his fear;
    And sure enough he heard, but durst not hear.
    Dryden.

    Like some rich and mighty murderer,
    Too great for prison which he breaks with gold,
    Who fresher for new mischief does appear,
    And dares the world to tax him with the old.
    Dryden.

    If this be chance, it is extraordinary; and I dare not call it more, for fear of being taxed with superstition. Dryden.

    If he taxes both of long delay,
    My guilt is less, who sooner came away.
    Dryden.

    This salutation cannot be taxed with flattery, since it was directed to a prince, of whom it had been happy for Rome if he had never been born, or if he had never died. Addison.

Sources: The Bible - 2. Kings (12) · Addison, Joseph (408) · Allestree, Richard (89) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Raleigh, Walter (68)

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