- A tax charged on goods produced within the country (as opposed to customs duties, charged on goods from outside the country).
- Andrew Houſtoun and Adam Muſhet, being Tackſmen of the Excize, did Imploy Thomas Rue to be their Collector, and gave him a Sallary of 30. pound Sterling for a year.
- A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom Excise is paid.
- The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts […] of the United States;
- To impose an excise tax on something.
- Forgiveness for an offence.
- (law) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person’s criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
- […] a step, that could not be taken with the least hope of ever obtaining pardon from or reconciliation with any of my friends; […]
- I […] have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States […]
- (transitive) To forgive (a person).
- (transitive) To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
- (transitive, law) To grant an official pardon for a crime.
- O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
- I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned, in consideration of the motive.
- In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
- I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
- The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence.
- Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.