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cess

1
[ses]
noun
  1. British. a tax, assessment, or lien.
  2. (in Scotland) a land tax.
  3. (in Ireland) a military assessment.
  4. (in India) an import or sales tax on a commodity.
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verb (used with object)
  1. British. to tax; assess.
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Origin of cess

1
1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun use of assess (v.)

cess

2
[ses]
noun Irish English Informal.
  1. luck (usually used in the expression bad cess to): Bad cess to them!
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Origin of cess

2
First recorded in 1855–60; perhaps aphetic variant of success
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Historical Examples of cess

  • They say he has the taxes, too, in his power, and can cess you just as he likes.

    The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • And there was the story about choosing the collector of the cess--'

  • That trunk went to Astoria instead of the Astor House, bad 'cess to it, and that's about as far apart as it could git.

    Felix O'Day

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Pour moi votre royaut a cess dtre politique et maintenant est historique; ma rpublique ne sen inquite pas.

  • The payment of cess for maintaining soldiers was the most grievous of burdens.


British Dictionary definitions for cess

cess

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noun
  1. British any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
  2. (formerly, in Ireland)
    1. the obligation to provide the soldiers and household of the lord deputy with supplies at fixed prices
    2. any military exaction
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verb
  1. (tr) British to tax or assess for taxation
  2. (formerly in Ireland) to impose (soldiers) upon a population, to be supported by them
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Word Origin for cess

C16: short for assessment

cess

2
noun
  1. an Irish slang word for luck bad cess to you!
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Word Origin for cess

C19: probably from cess 1 (sense 2)

cess

3
noun
  1. short for cesspool
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Word Origin and History for cess

n.

"tax, levy," 1530s, short for assess (q.v.).

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