death duty

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Origin of death duty

First recorded in 1880–85

Words Nearby death duty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use death duty in a sentence

  • For the tax levied on the estate of deceased persons, and sometimes called “death duty,” see Succession Duty.

  • The best death duty I know is to do what the dead ask us and not what they'd turn in their graves if they knew of.

    Joanna Godden | Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • But there they go, wanting to take most of it in death duty.

    Joanna Godden | Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • When a man is dead, he is dead, and in estimating the death duty you have not to bother about how long he is going to live!

British Dictionary definitions for death duty

death duty

  1. a tax on property inheritances: in Britain, replaced in 1975 by capital transfer tax and since 1986 by inheritance tax: Also called: estate duty

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