wearingly burdensome: the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.

1790–1800; tax + -ing2

taxingly, adverb
untaxing, adjective Unabridged


a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
verb (used with object)
to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
verb (used without object)
to levy taxes.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English taxen < Medieval Latin taxāre to tax, appraise, Latin: to appraise, handle, frequentative of tangere to touch; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

taxer, noun
taxingly, adverb
taxless, adjective
taxlessly, adverb
taxlessness, noun
antitax, adjective
nontax, noun, adjective
nontaxer, noun
protax, adjective
retax, verb (used with object)
self-taxed, adjective
subtaxer, noun
undertaxed, adjective
untax, verb (used with object)
well-taxed, adjective

tacks, tax.

1. duty, impost, levy. 4. strain, tire, stretch. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
tax (tæks)
1.  a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
2.  a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources
3.  to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
4.  to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one's intellect
5.  to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime
6.  to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of costs: to tax costs
7.  slang to steal
[C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch]

taxing (ˈtæksɪŋ)
demanding, onerous, and wearing

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. taxer "impose a tax" (13c.), from L. taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "burden, put a strain on" first recorded 1672; that of "censure, reprove"
is from 1560s. Use in Luke ii for Gk. apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. The noun is recorded from early 14c. Tax shelter is attested from 1961; taxpayer from 1816.
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Bible Dictionary

Taxing definition

(Luke 2:2; R.V., "enrolment"), "when Cyrenius was governor of Syria," is simply a census of the people, or an enrolment of them with a view to their taxation. The decree for the enrolment was the occasion of Joseph and Mary's going up to Bethlehem. It has been argued by some that Cyrenius (q.v.) was governor of Cilicia and Syria both at the time of our Lord's birth and some years afterwards. This decree for the taxing referred to the whole Roman world, and not to Judea alone. (See CENSUS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
But the growing impact of tourism is also taxing the world's highest mountain.
The nonprofit also recommends taxing the externalities produced by large-scale,
  environmentally damaging agribusinesses.
Taxing activities and lifestyles and goods and services and the air is not
  going to happen, not on this planet.
Speakers call for taxing corporations and the wealthy, not cutting education
  and social services.
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