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IMPOSI'TION, n. s as z. [L. impositio. See Impose.]

1. In a general sense, the act of laying on.

2. The act of laying on hands in the ceremony of ordination, when the bishop in the episcopal church, and the ministers in congregational churches, place their hands on the head of the person whom they are ordaining, while one prays for a blessing on his labors. The same ceremony is used in other cases.

3. The act of setting on or affixing to; as the imposition of names.

4. That which is imposed; a tax, toll, duty or excise laid by authority. Tyrants oppress their subjects with grievous impositions.

5. Injunction, as of a law or duty.

6. Constraint; oppression; burden.

Let it not be made, contrary to its own nature, the occasion of strife, a narrow spirit, and unreasonable impositions on the mind and practice.

7. Deception; imposture.

Being acquainted with his hand, I had no reason to suspect an imposition.

8. A supernumerary exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.



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IMPOSI'TION, n. s as z. [L. impositio. See Impose.]

1. In a general sense, the act of laying on.

2. The act of laying on hands in the ceremony of ordination, when the bishop in the episcopal church, and the ministers in congregational churches, place their hands on the head of the person whom they are ordaining, while one prays for a blessing on his labors. The same ceremony is used in other cases.

3. The act of setting on or affixing to; as the imposition of names.

4. That which is imposed; a tax, toll, duty or excise laid by authority. Tyrants oppress their subjects with grievous impositions.

5. Injunction, as of a law or duty.

6. Constraint; oppression; burden.

Let it not be made, contrary to its own nature, the occasion of strife, a narrow spirit, and unreasonable impositions on the mind and practice.

7. Deception; imposture.

Being acquainted with his hand, I had no reason to suspect an imposition.

8. A supernumerary exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.

IM-PO-SI'TION, n. [s as z. Fr. from L. impositio. see Impose.]

  1. In a general sense, the act of laying on.
  2. The act of laying on hands in the ceremony of ordination, when the bishop in the episcopal church, and the ministers in congregational churches, place their hands on the head of the person whom they are ordaining, while one prays for a blessing on his labors. The same ceremony is used in other cases.
  3. The act of setting on or affixing to; as, the imposition of names. Boyle.
  4. That which is imposed; a tax, toll, duty or excise laid by authority. Tyrants oppress their subjects with grievous impositions.
  5. Injunction, as of a law or duty. Milton.
  6. Constraint; oppression; burden. Let it not be made, contrary to its own nature, the occasion of strife, a narrow spirit, and unreasonable impositions on the mind and practice. Watts.
  7. Deception; imposture. Being acquainted with his hand, I had no reason to suspect an imposition. Smollett.
  8. A supernumerary exercise enjoined on students as a punishment. [“Every pecuniary mulet whatever on young men in statu pupillari, should be abolished; the proper punishment is employing their minds in some useful imposition.” Enormous Expense of Education in Cambridge. “Literary tasks called impositions, or frequent compulsive attendances on tedious and unimproving exercises in a college hall.” T.Warton's Minor Poems of Milton, p. 422. – E.H.B.]

Im`po*si"tion
  1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like.

    "From imposition of strict laws." Milton.

    Made more solemn by the imposition of hands. Hammond.

  2. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.
  3. An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.

    T. Warton.
  4. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture.

    Reputation is an idle and most false imposition. Shak.

  5. The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.
  6. The act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose, v. t., 4.

    Syn. -- Deceit; fraud; imposture. See Deception.

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Imposition

IMPOSI'TION, noun s as z. [Latin impositio. See Impose.]

1. In a general sense, the act of laying on.

2. The act of laying on hands in the ceremony of ordination, when the bishop in the episcopal church, and the ministers in congregational churches, place their hands on the head of the person whom they are ordaining, while one prays for a blessing on his labors. The same ceremony is used in other cases.

3. The act of setting on or affixing to; as the imposition of names.

4. That which is imposed; a tax, toll, duty or excise laid by authority. Tyrants oppress their subjects with grievous impositions.

5. Injunction, as of a law or duty.

6. Constraint; oppression; burden.

Let it not be made, contrary to its own nature, the occasion of strife, a narrow spirit, and unreasonable impositions on the mind and practice.

7. Deception; imposture.

Being acquainted with his hand, I had no reason to suspect an imposition

8. A supernumerary exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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KINDNESS, n. [from kind, the adjective.]

1. Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature. Kindness ever accompanies love.

There is no man whose kindness we may not sometime want, or by whose malice we may not sometime suffer.

2. Act of good will; beneficence; any act of benevolence which promotes the happiness or welfare of others. Charity, hospitality, attentions to the wants of others, &c., are deemed acts of kindness, or kindnesses. Acts.28.

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