One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tax or similar compulsory payment.
tax, tariff, toll, excise, duty, fee, imposition, exaction, assessment, tithe, paymentView synonyms
- ‘Goods arrive, plainly enough, on a daily basis and the customs officials who are to determine how duty is to be paid face the problem, on a daily basis, of working out how to calculate the impost.’
- ‘All we know is that they approached the matter on the basis of achieving their desired profit margin, which included the full impost of the tax.’
- ‘In the case of property purchase from a private citizen, the buyer must pay a registration impost and a land registry tax.’
- ‘The money to give people rewards comes from some of the existing taxes on fuel, registrations, tolls and other taxes and imposts imposed on transport.’
- ‘In the words of Article I, Section 8, Congress had the general power ‘to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises.’’
- ‘Customs duty or tariff is an impost on goods crossing a frontier, its purpose being either to raise revenue or to protect home industries.’
- ‘From that point of view, we have very real reservations about the additional 5c per litre excise impost that will arise from this bill.’
- ‘Despite the efforts of leading Federalists, Antifederalists remained unconvinced that Congress would use an impost and excise before resorting to poll and direct taxes.’
- ‘Second-hand cars, over there, are just so cheap, it is a crying shame that the impost of duty in importing these cars is so great.’
- ‘But speculation on further tax imposts on property have been persistent and were further fuelled by a recent paper from the Left leaning Institute of Public Policy Research.’
- ‘Article I, Section 8 allows for the collection of ‘taxes, duties, imposts and excises’ but only ‘for revenue necessary’ to finance the government and not to protect any business or industry from international competition.’
- ‘Whether its an additional $60 million or $200 million of taxpayers' money, it is still an unnecessary impost on the taxpayer.’
- ‘It had taken the disastrous tax levies of 1786 to finally get a ‘suitable impost and excise’ in Massachusetts.’
- ‘Finally, there is a simple economic fact that mandatory detention is a huge impost on the budget.’
- ‘All payments of hire shall be made free and clear of all taxes, assessments, charges, duties and imposts of whatever nature, all of which shall be for the Sub-Charterer's account.’
- ‘More specifically, the Estonian model, like the other eastern European states with flat taxes, retains social security payments as a separate impost.’
- ‘An increase in taxation of even 2.5 per cent of GDP does not look like a terrible impost on people who are to be so much better off than we are today.’
- ‘The newspaper expressed the hope that the Congress-led government's new 2 percent tax impost would be used to address the problems.’
- ‘The financial impost of war would blow out a US budget deficit already escalating rapidly and dangerously.’
- ‘This was an immense sum that the federal government could not even begin to raise through tariffs and imposts.’
- 1.1Horse racing The weight carried by a horse as a handicap.
- ‘True Direction's impost worried trainer Carlos Morales before the race.’
- ‘With the departure of Tranquility Lake, Tout Charmant will carry the high weight of 120 pounds, with Caffe Latte's 117 the second highest impost.’
- ‘But he will skip the race because of the impost, as will stablemate Mutafaweq, who was assigned 131 pounds.’
Mid 16th century: from French (earlier form of impôt), from medieval Latin impostus, from Latin impositus, past participle of imponere (see impose).
The top course of a pillar that supports an arch.
- ‘This space was ornamented with low relief sculpture of winged sun disks and wreaths located on the pedimented impost blocks between the arches.’
- ‘The pedimented and ornamented impost blocks between the arches used in his earlier capitols were notably absent.’
- ‘It is built of stock brick from various sources, and the piers are decorated by stone impost bands and rendered plinths.’
- ‘Inside, the most striking feature is the Saxon chancel arch, with its through stones (up the sides), imposts (off which the arch springs), and through-stone voussoirs forming the arch itself.’
Late 15th century: from Italian imposta, feminine past participle of imporre, from Latin imponere (see impose).
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