What does the word impost mean?

Usage examples for impost

  1. The result had been that a quarter of each company could go off on leave or lounge idly about the barracks, so long as they paid the centurion his fee, nor was there any one to control either the amount of this impost or the means by which the soldiers raised the money: highway robbery or menial service was the usual resort whereby they purchased leisure. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  2. The tenements paid twopence each yearly as greenhue rent, an impost which was once a common payment by Cumberland and Westmorland manorial tenants; along with it in the Eskdale and Mitredale manors of the Earls of Egremont was a due called " door- toll." – Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland by Daniel Scott
  3. But the time may come when Government will be constrained to raise a greater proportion of its collective revenues than it has hitherto done from indirect taxation, and when this time comes, the rule which confines the impost to a single line must of course be abandoned. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman