verb (used with object)

to tax too heavily.
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 of overtaxation

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


    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


verb (tr)

to tax too heavily
to impose too great a strain on
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Word Origin and History for overtaxation



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

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