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tribute

[trib-yoot] /ˈtrɪb yut/
noun
1.
a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.
2.
a stated sum or other valuable consideration paid by one sovereign or state to another in acknowledgment of subjugation or as the price of peace, security, protection, or the like.
3.
a rent, tax, or the like, as that paid by a subject to a sovereign.
4.
any exacted or enforced payment or contribution.
5.
obligation or liability to make such payment.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tribut < Latin tribūtum a levied payment, noun use of neuter of past participle of tribuere to assign, allot, derivative of tribus tribe
Synonyms
1. recognition, commendation, eulogy. 4. levy, toll, impost, duty.
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  • Jabberwocky has been the source of countless parodies and tributes.
  • There have since been numerous tributes and dedications in his memory.
  • Second, headstones often contain information or tributes to deceased.
  • Eventually, all the fighting buffaloes will be slaughtered as tributes to the deities.
British Dictionary definitions for tributes

tribute

/ˈtrɪbjuːt/
noun
1.
a gift or statement made in acknowledgment, gratitude, or admiration
2.
  1. a payment by one ruler or state to another, usually as an acknowledgment of submission
  2. any tax levied for such a payment
3.
(in feudal society) homage or a payment rendered by a vassal to his lord
4.
the obligation to pay tribute
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tribūtum, from tribuere to grant (originally: to distribute among the tribes), from tribustribe
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Word Origin and History for tributes

tribute

n.

mid-14c., "tax paid to a ruler or master for security or protection," from Latin tributum "tribute," literally "a thing contributed or paid," noun use of tributus, neuter past participle of tribuere "to pay, assign, grant," also "allot among the tribes or to a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). Sense of "offering, gift, token" is first recorded 1580s.

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tributes in the Bible

a tax imposed by a king on his subjects (2 Sam. 20:24; 1 Kings 4:6; Rom. 13:6). In Matt. 17:24-27 the word denotes the temple rate (the "didrachma," the "half-shekel," as rendered by the R.V.) which was required to be paid for the support of the temple by every Jew above twenty years of age (Ex. 30:12; 2 Kings 12:4; 2 Chr. 24:6, 9). It was not a civil but a religious tax. In Matt. 22:17, Mark 12:14, Luke 20:22, the word may be interpreted as denoting the capitation tax which the Romans imposed on the Jewish people. It may, however, be legitimately regarded as denoting any tax whatever imposed by a foreign power on the people of Israel. The "tribute money" shown to our Lord (Matt. 22:19) was the denarius, bearing Caesar's superscription. It was the tax paid by every Jew to the Romans. (See PENNY.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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