from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Direct management of public finance or public works by agents of the government for government account; -- opposed to the
- n. The system of collecting taxes by officials who have either no interest or a very small interest in the proceeds, as distinguished from the ancient system of farming them out.
- n. Any kind of government monopoly (tobacco, salt, etc.) used chiefly as a means of taxation. Such monopolies are largely employed in Austria, Italy, France, and Spain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A revenue department, as in France and other countries, which controls, among other things, the purchase and sale of tobacco.
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