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

  • n. Informal A tax on certain items, such as cigarettes and alcohol, that are regarded as neither necessities nor luxuries.

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  • n. A government-imposed tax on a specific good, service, or activity which is legal but widely considered to be unwholesome or socially harmful, such as a tax on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or gambling.


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