death duty

noun

Definition of death duty

chiefly British

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Middle-class women learned to do it themselves; high taxation and death duties meant that big houses were divided or sold. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, "The Stunning Grounds, and Tragic History, of the Lost Gardens of Heligan," 2 Aug. 2019 But such gifts still help reduce state death duties. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "It’s Time to Start Paying Your Taxes Like a Billionaire," 30 Nov. 2018 In that case death duties would not be immediately payable, and the children’s education could be secured. The Economist, "In cold bloodLady Lucan was found dead on September 26th," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of death duty

1852, in the meaning defined above

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