Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The treasury of a kingdom or state.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The public treasury of ancient Rome.
  • n. Any state treasury or exchequer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A public or state treasury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A treasury, particularly that of a prince or a state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies
  • n. a state treasury or exchequer or a royal treasury; originally the public treasury of Rome or the emperor's private purse

Etymologies

French, from Latin fiscus, money basket, treasury.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin fiscus ("basket, money-bag, public treasury"); see fiscal. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should his state alone give up earmarks for the sake of the national fisc, which is something everyone should be concerned about?

    Ace of Spades HQ

  • The freshman Republican now fears the talks will end with a whimper of small revenue and spending measures that will do little to help the economy or the federal fisc.

    A Super Offer Rejected

  • Spending is due to double over the next decade, feeding on more and more of the federal fisc and national wealth.

    Medicare for a New Century

  • Regarding the burden on the poor, I'd respond that it depends on the overall post-fisc versus pre-fisc level of well-being among the poor.

    Protest! Violence! Chaos!

  • Slower growth this year is robbing the fisc of tax revenues, yet spending continues to accelerate.

    The Rupee Sends a Warning

  • For Germany in particular, the fear is that a shared fisc will amount to industrious countries subsidizing spendthrift ones.

    Brussels Brainstorms . . .

  • "However, generally speaking, we are always concerned about any threat to the public fisc and will work to hold individuals accountable if wrongdoing is found and able to be proven."

    Ex-Judge's Disability Rulings Probed

  • And sure enough, CBO, in its final estimate at passage, said that Class would reduce the deficit by $70 billion through 2019—or more than half the bill's supposed $124 billion 10-year "savings" to the federal fisc.

    Class Dismissed

  • The ECB's interest rates also appear to have been too low for Ireland's overheating economy, partially fueling the real-estate bubble that took down the country's banks and public fisc.

    Ireland's Private Pension Raid

  • People need to stay vigilant and be tenacious to protect public lands, and the public fisc.

    Saltzman looking for easy way out on Paulson stadiums? (Jack Bog's Blog)

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