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Peter's pence

noun
1.
an annual tax or tribute, originally of a penny, paid by certain English property owners to the papal see until the Reformation.
2.
a voluntary contribution to the pope, made by Roman Catholics.
Also, Peter pence.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English Peteres peni (singular)
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Peter's pence

noun
1.
an annual tax, originally of one penny, formerly levied for the maintenance of the Papal See: abolished by Henry VIII in 1534
2.
a voluntary contribution made by Roman Catholics in many countries for the same purpose
Word Origin
C13: referring to St Peter, considered as the first pope
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