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Related to cess: chess
[Possibly short for success.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit (formerly) any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
2. (Historical Terms) (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
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) Brit to tax or assess for taxation
4. (Historical Terms) (formerly in Ireland) to impose (soldiers) upon a population, to be supported by them
[C16: short for assessment]
an Irish slang word for luck: bad cess to you!.
[C19: probably from cess1 (sense 2)]
(Building) short for cesspool
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n. Irish Eng.
[1855–60; perhaps aph. variant of success]
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Past participle: cessed
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