AskDefine | Define impost

Dictionary Definition



1 money collected under a tariff [syn: customs, customs duty, custom]
2 the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs [syn: springer]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

through French impôt, from Latin impositus


  1. a tax, tariff or duty etc. that is imposed
  2. the weight that must be carried by a horse in a race, the handicap.

Etymology 2

through Italian imposta from Latin imposta


  1. the top part of a column or pillar that supports an arch

Extensive Definition

Impost may mean:
  • A type of extra tax
  • A handicap (usually a lead weight) used in horse racing
  • The topmost part of an architectural column
impost in Dutch: Impost

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

assessment, blackmail, call, call for, cess, claim, conscience money, contribution, demand, demand for, direct tax, draft, drain, duty, exaction, extortion, extortionate demand, graduated taxation, heavy demand, imposition, indent, indirect tax, insistent demand, joint return, levy, nonnegotiable demand, notice, order, progressive tax, requirement, requisition, rush, rush order, separate returns, single tax, supertax, surtax, tariff, tax, tax base, tax dodging, tax evasion, tax exemption, tax return, tax structure, tax withholding, tax-exempt status, taxable income, taxation, taxing, tithe, toll, tribute, ultimatum, warning, withholding tax
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