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overtax

[oh-ver-taks]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to tax too heavily.
  2. to make too great demands on.

Origin of overtax

First recorded in 1640–50; over- + tax
Related formso·ver·tax·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for overtaxation

Historical Examples

  • The peasantry had stood for overtaxation without the slightest complaint, but when this proclamation came out, they rebelled.

    Babbitt

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Since 1896, when the Childers Commission made its report, the overtaxation of Ireland has increased.

    Present Irish Questions

    William O'Connor Morris


British Dictionary definitions for overtaxation

overtax

verb (tr)
  1. to tax too heavily
  2. to impose too great a strain on
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Word Origin and History for overtaxation

overtax

v.

1640s, "to demand too much of," from over- + tax (v.). Related: Overtaxed; overtaxing.

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