Imposition

Im`po*si"tion

(?), n. [F., fr. L. impositio the application of a name to a thing. See Impone.] 1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like. "From imposition of strict laws." Milton.
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Made more solemn by the imposition of hands.
Hammond.
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2. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.
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3. (Eng. Univ.) An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment. T. Warton.
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4. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture.
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Reputation is an idle and most false imposition.
Shak.
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5. (Eccl.) The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.
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6. (Print.) 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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