Part of speech: verb

To cut out or off.

Part of speech: verb

To tax.

Part of speech: noun

A charge levied upon commodities, especially upon liquors.

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Usage examples "excise":

  1. The taxation of the future, therefore, as of the past, will certainly include Customs and Excise. - "Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day", Alfred Farthing Robbins.
  2. Now if Americans today still paid the income and excise tax rates in effect when I came into the Presidency, in the year 1964, their annual taxes would have been over $ 20 billion more than at present tax rates. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. Of course the gauger- excise officer- was an especially unpopular personage, and I doubt if a tithe of the lies told to him were ever considered worthy of being confessed at all. - "The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent", S.M. Hussey.