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Tax (noun)

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Tax. n.s. [tâsg, Welsh; taxe, French; taxe, Dutch.]

  1. An impost; a tribute imposed; an excise: a tallage.

    He says Horace, being the son of a tax gatherer or collector, smells everywhere of the meanness of his birth. Dryden.

    With wars and taxes others waste their own,
    And houses burn, and household gods deface,
    To drink in bowls which glittering gems enchase.

    The tax upon tillage was two shillings in the pound in arable land, and four in plantations: this tax was often levied in kind upon corn, and called decumæ or tithes. Arbuthnot.

  2. [Taxo, Lat.] Charge; censure.

    He could not without grief of heart, and without some tax upon himself and his ministers for the not executing the laws, look upon the bold licence of some pamphlets. Clarendon.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Dryden, John (788)

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