from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An internal tax imposed on the production, sale, or consumption of a commodity or the use of a service within a country: excises on tobacco, liquor, and long-distance telephone calls.
- n. A licensing charge or a fee levied for certain privileges.
- transitive v. To levy an excise on.
- transitive v. To remove by or as if by cutting: excised the tumor; excised two scenes from the film.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tax charged on goods produced within the country (as opposed to customs duties, charged on goods from outside the country).
- v. To impose an excise tax on something.
- v. To cut out; to remove.
- v. To perform certain types of female circumcision.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In inland duty or impost operating as an indirect tax on the consumer, levied upon certain specified articles, as, tobacco, ale, spirits, etc., grown or manufactured in the country. It is also levied to pursue certain trades and deal in certain commodities. Certain direct taxes (as, in England, those on carriages, servants, plate, armorial bearings, etc.), are included in the excise. Often used adjectively
- n. That department or bureau of the public service charged with the collection of the excise taxes.
- transitive v. To lay or impose an excise upon.
- transitive v. To impose upon; to overcharge.
- transitive v. To cut out or off; to separate and remove.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut out or off: as, to excise a tumor.
- n. An inland tax or duty imposed on certain commodities of home production and consumption, as spirits, tobacco, etc., or on their manufacture and sale.
- n. That branch or department of the civil service which is connected with the levying of such duties. In the United States this office is called the Office of Internal Revenue.
- Of or pertaining to the excise: as, excise acts; excise commissioners.
- To lay or impose a duty on; levy an excise on.
- To impose upon; overcharge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tax that is measured by the amount of business done (not on property or income from real estate)
- v. levy an excise tax on
- v. remove by cutting
- v. remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
 Johnson, in his Dictionary, defines EXCISE "a hateful tax, levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the _common judges_ of property, but by _wretches_ hired by those to whom excise is paid;" and, in the _Idler_ (No. 65) he calls a _commissioner of excise_ "one of the _lowest_ of all human beings."
Two quick defenses of 230: (1) What content do people want to excise from the internet?
The proposed increase in excise tax is (in my opinion).
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, offered several amendments to the Baucus proposal to kill nearly $10 billion in excise taxes on the insurance industry, medical device manufacturers, clinical laboratories and manufacturers of imported brand drugs.
Ok I am with Health care reform and hope they pass something but the Canadian's have national Healthcare because they pay for it not just in excise taxes on cigarettes but also higher income taxes much hire.
Words that sneak up on you like thieves and which you have to excise from the manuscript?
He excoriates the McSweeney's crowd and "the ridiculous dithering of John Barth ... [and] the reductive cardboard constructions of Donald Barthelme," and would excise from the modern canon "nearly all of Gaddis, Pynchon, DeLillo," and — while he's at it — "the diarrheic flow of words that is Ulysses ... the incomprehensible ramblings of late Faulkner and the sterile inventions of late Nabokov."
But in Massachusetts, they have perverted the word excise to mean a tax on all liquors, whether paid in the moment of importation or at a later moment, and on nothing else.
Given that rich people consume a smaller portion of their income, they’ll end up paying a smaller percentage of their income in excise taxes.
In other words, in both cases, less than a penny of "double tax" - and that's the case even if the wine or beer is quite expensive, since the excise is assessed only by volume.