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cess1

[ses] /sɛs/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun use of assess (v.)

cess2

[ses] /sɛs/
noun, Irish English Informal.
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for cess

cess1

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

cess2

/sɛs/
noun
1.
an Irish slang word for luck bad cess to you!
Word Origin
C19: probably from cess1 (sense 2)

cess3

/sɛs/
noun
1.
short for cesspool
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Word Origin and History for cess
cess
"tax, levy," 1531, aphetic for assess (q.v.).
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