Our Idleness, Pride, and Folly
- An impost; a tribute imposed; an excise; a tallage.
- Charge; censure.
- To load with imposts.
- To charge; to censure; to accuse.
—A Dictionary of the English Language, 1766, by Samuel Johnson
- To law, impose or assess upon citizens a certain sum of money or amount of property, to be paid to the public treasury, or to the treasury of a corporation or company, to defray the expenses of the government or corporation, &c.
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
To load with a burden or burdens.
To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
—The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, by Noah Webster