cess

cess

1 [ses]
noun
1.
British. a tax, assessment, or lien.
2.
(in Scotland) a land tax.
3.
(in Ireland) a military assessment.
4.
(in India) an import or sales tax on a commodity.
verb (used with object)
5.
British. to tax; assess.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun use of assess (v.)

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cess

2 [ses]
noun Irish English Informal.
luck (usually used in the expression bad cess to ): Bad cess to them!

Origin:
1855–60; perhaps aphetic variant of success

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cess1 (sɛs)
 
n
1.  (Brit) any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
2.  formerly, in Ireland
 a.  the obligation to provide the soldiers and household of the lord deputy with supplies at fixed prices
 b.  any military exaction
 
vb
3.  (Brit) (tr) to tax or assess for taxation
4.  (formerly in Ireland) to impose (soldiers) upon a population, to be supported by them
 
[C16: short for assessment]

cess2 (sɛs)
 
n
an Irish slang word for luck : bad cess to you!
 
[C19: probably from cess1 (sense 2)]

cess3 (sɛs)
 
n
short for cesspool

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cess
"tax, levy," 1531, aphetic for assess (q.v.).
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