Main definitions of cess in English

: cess1cess2

cess1

noun

(also sess)
  • (in Scotland, Ireland, and India) a tax or levy.

    ‘Mandated by Common Minimum Programme, the Budget proposes a levy of two per cent cess on income tax, corporation tax, excise duties, customs duties and service tax.’
    • ‘The Centre today proposed to levy a cess of 2 per cent on income tax, corporation tax, excise and customs duties and service tax to give a boost to primary education in the country.’
    • ‘I propose to levy a cess of 2 per cent on income tax, corporation tax, excise duties, customs duties and service tax.’
    • ‘Property tax assesses of BMP can remit their SWM cess along with property tax returns.’
    • ‘Taking a dig at the BWSSB, a corporator noted perhaps a cess should be levied on BWSSB every time sewage is let into storm water drains maintained by the BMP.’
    • ‘On the flip side, the increasing number of vehicles has brought in substantial revenue for the State, which incidentally levies the highest road taxes and various other cesses in the country.’
    • ‘Now, another shocker awaits them - in the form of infrastructure and Sold Waste Management cesses to be levied from April 1.’
    • ‘A cess can also be levied on these investments, which can be used to fund a social security net for construction workers.’
    • ‘A Bangalore Improvement Trust funded through a cess levied on Bangaloreans could be one solution if there is total transparency in collection, conceptualisation and implementation.’
    • ‘The Health Ministry too considered the proposal at various stages during 1994-2000 and drafted a bill for the creation of the Authority to be funded by levying a cess as envisaged.’
    • ‘Beag has also pointed out that the public was being forced to pay twice; first through the cess being levied on the petrol or diesel for road widening and then again through the toll.’
    • ‘Then why this sudden move to levy cess on all Central taxes?’
    • ‘The service tax and the cess on each banking transaction will hit everyone badly.’
    • ‘The increase in service tax and a new cess will put an additional burden on the common man.’
    • ‘They have been paying for a dream metro rail to solve their problems since 1995 through the infrastructure cess on petrol and diesel.’
    • ‘But to confirm her fears, several companies have hiked prices, effectively passing on the education cess to customers.’
    • ‘He explained in detail the applicability of education cess on excise duty and service tax.’
    • ‘Instead of relief in taxes, the salaried class will have to pay a cess at the rate of 2 per cent.’
    • ‘If cable operators are forced to declare households honestly, will broadcasters be asked to pay a cess to defray the burden of maintaining the last mile access which makes it possible for their channels to be viewed in India?’
    • ‘In the long run, we need to think of making the services cheaper and introducing a public-transportation cess on private vehicles to cross-subsidise the system.’
    levy, tariff, duty, toll, excise, impost, contribution, assessment, tribute, tithe, charge, fee

Pronunciation

cess

/ses/ /sɛs/

Origin

Late 15th century (denoting the obligation placed on the Irish to supply the Lord Deputy's household and garrison with provisions at prices ‘assessed’ by the government): shortened from the obsolete noun assess ‘assessment’.

Main definitions of cess in English

: cess1cess2

cess2

noun

‘And bad cess to those dunderheads who insist the Earth is round, too!’
  • ‘In the 2004 Presidential election I sat home on my hands and wished bad cess to all the candidates.’
  • ‘And good riddance and bad cess to him, he said.’
  • ‘It's nothing but vandalism and bad cess to them that wield the spray cans.’
  • ‘I feel for him because the sad thing is that, where a few years ago we were falling over great folk music, now it must be sought out, bad cess to the ubiquitous keyboard that hides a full orchestra in a few well-chosen buttons.’

Pronunciation

cess

/ses/ /sɛs/

Phrases

    bad cess to
    mainly Irish
    • A curse on.

      • ‘bad cess to the day I joined that band!’

Origin

Mid 19th century (originally Anglo-Irish): perhaps from cess.