- English history a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
Examples from the Web for poor rate
Historical Examples of poor rate
The communes make provision only where charity does not; there is no poor-rate.The Evolution of States
J. M. Robertson
A similar proportion appears in the incidence of the poor-rate.
There is no attempt to evade this poor-rate which custom has decided shall be paid.Sidelights on Chinese Life
In England they have a poor-rate: they wish me to pay this tax.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
They have never paid any poor-rate, and yet hunger after "relief meal."Disturbed Ireland
Bernard H. Becker