One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The public treasury of Rome or the emperor's privy purse.
fund, funds, resources, money, kitty, pool, coffers, bank, treasury, exchequer, finances, wealth, reserves, cash, capital, assetsView synonyms
- ‘With the closure of the temples, sacred property reverted to the imperial fisc.’
- 1.1North American archaic A public treasury or exchequer.
exchequer, purseView synonyms
- ‘Unless they are going to come up with some other tax that would replace that revenue, I think we have to admit that there is a real issue of base maintenance of the fisc.’
- ‘Further, while this will undoubtedly cause further strain on the already-burdened budget of our southern neighbour, it may serve to draw attention to the parlous state of their fisc and perhaps lead to more prudence.’
- ‘According to him, both religion and the state will flourish better when they are not joined through a shared fisc.’
- ‘He makes the point that Democrats have to prove their trustworthiness in managing the public fisc with tax cuts and fiscal discipline.’
- ‘By this he means, first of all, that under it the fisc cannot increase revenues at will, because it has but one source and is already by assumption taking all that that source will yield.’
Late 16th century: from French, or from Latin fiscus ‘rush basket, purse, treasury’.
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