- an act of the British Parliament for raising revenue in the American Colonies by requiring the use of stamps and stamped paper for official documents, commercial writings, and various articles: it was to go into effect on November 1, 1765, but met with intense opposition and was repealed in March, 1766.
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This is the opinion of Mr. Pitt, in his speech on the Stamp-act.
Shame on the American who calls the tea-tax and stamp-act laws!Standard Selections
Susy clasped her hands, and performed a "stamp-act" on the pavement.Little Prudy's Dotty Dimple
What an incomputable addition to the expences intended by the Stamp-act!
It is imagined the stamp-act will be extended or attempted on every possible object.
- a law passed by the British Parliament requiring all publications and legal and commercial documents in the American colonies to bear a tax stamp (1765): a cause of unrest in the colonies
A law passed by the British government in 1765 that required the payment of a tax to Britain on a great variety of papers and documents, including newspapers, that were produced in the American colonies. Special stamps were to be attached to the papers and documents as proof that the tax had been paid. The stamp tax was the first direct tax ever levied by Britain on the Americans, who rioted in opposition. The American colonists petitioned King George III to repeal the act, which he did in 1766.