- an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.
- a tax levied for a license to carry on certain employments, pursue certain sports, etc.
- British. the branch of the civil service that collects excise taxes.
- to impose an excise on.
Origin of excise1
- to expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.
- to cut out or off, as a tumor.
Origin of excise2
Examples from the Web for excise
The government, in effect, was attempting to excise certain points of view from public debate.The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect the Right to Buy the American Government
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 5, 2014
Then throw in insurance costs, an excise tax depending on what state you live in, and increasingly expensive tolls.Young Americans Are Abandoning Car Ownership and Driving
July 5, 2013
But its critics say it would be far better if companies had to excise such data before sharing what is left.How CISPA Could Chip Away at Your Right to Privacy
April 18, 2013
This has always included the excise tax penalty for non-compliance with the individual mandate.The Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare: 16 Experts Weigh in
June 28, 2012
The idea is, hold back the barbarian hordes, and excise the cancerous growth that is sucking the lifeblood from our economy.The Hypocritical War on 'Illegals'
October 29, 2011
As it is, I look to the Excise scheme as a certainty of maintenance; a maintenance!
You have been misinformed as to my final dismissal from the Excise; I am still in the service.
Our friend, Cunningham, will perhaps have told you of my going into the Excise.
Sich laughs, to be sure, we had about her and a young man of the Excise.
This brings us finally to the vexed problem of Customs and Excise.Home Rule
- Also called: excise tax a tax on goods, such as spirits, produced for the home market
- a tax paid for a licence to carry out various trades, sports, etc
- British that section of the government service responsible for the collection of excise, now part of HMRC
- to delete (a passage, sentence, etc); expunge
- to remove (an organ, structure, or part) surgically
Word Origin and History for excise
"tax on goods," late 15c., from Middle Dutch excijs (early 15c.), apparently altered from accijs "tax" (by influence of Latin excisus "cut out or removed," see excise (v.)), traditionally from Old French acceis "tax, assessment" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *accensum, ultimately from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + census "tax, census" (see census). English got the word, and the idea for the tax, from Holland.
- To remove by cutting.