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A.Word.A.Day--impost

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This week's theme: words related to death and taxes.

impost (IM-post) noun

1. A tax or a similar mandatory payment.

2. The weight a horse must carry in a handicap race.

3. The top part of a pillar of a wall, usually projecting in the form of an ornamental molding, on which an arch rests.

[From Latin imponere (to impose), from ponere (to place).]

See more usage examples of impost in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"The impost on business could be offset with a cut to the corporate tax rate." Richard Inder; Sharemarket at Risk of Losing Biggest Firms; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Mar 9, 2006.

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