1. an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.
  2. a tax levied for a license to carry on certain employments, pursue certain sports, etc.
  3. British. the branch of the civil service that collects excise taxes.

verb (used with object), ex·cised, ex·cising.

  1. to impose an excise on.

verb (used with object), ex·cised, ex·cis·ing.

  1. to expunge, as a passage or sentence, from a text.
  2. to cut out or off, as a tumor.

noun (ˈɛksaɪz, ɛkˈsaɪz)

  1. Also called: excise tax a tax on goods, such as spirits, produced for the home market
  2. a tax paid for a licence to carry out various trades, sports, etc
  3. British that section of the government service responsible for the collection of excise, now part of HMRC

verb (tr)

  1. to delete (a passage, sentence, etc); expunge
  2. to remove (an organ, structure, or part) surgically

“tax on goods,” late 15c., from Middle Dutch excijs (early 15c.), apparently altered from accijs “tax” (by influence of Latin excisus “cut out or removed,” see excise (v.)), traditionally from Old French acceis “tax, assessment” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *accensum, ultimately from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + census “tax, census” (see census). English got the word, and the idea for the tax, from Holland.


“cut out,” 1570s, from Middle French exciser, from Latin excisus, past participle of excidere “cut out, cut down, cut off,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + -cidere, comb. form of caedere “to cut down” (see -cide). Related: Excised; excising.


  1. To remove by cutting.

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