- English history a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
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Examples from the Web for 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