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noun
Surcharge  n.  
1.
An overcharge; an excessive load or burden; a load greater than can well be borne. "A numerous nobility causeth poverty and inconvenience in a state, for it is surcharge of expense."
2.
(Law)
(a)
The putting, by a commoner, of more beasts on the common than he has a right to.
(b)
(Equity) The showing an omission, as in an account, for which credit ought to have been given.
3.
(Railroads) A charge over the usual or legal rates.
4.
Something printed or written on a postage stamp to give it a new legal effect, as a new valuation, a place, a date, etc.; also (Colloq.), a stamp with a surcharge.






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"Surcharge" Quotes from Famous Books



... opinion of plenty is amongst the causes of want; and the great quantity of books maketh a show rather of superfluity than lack; which surcharge, nevertheless, is not to be removed by making no more books, but by making more good books, which, as the serpent of Moses, might devour the serpents of the enchanters."—Bacon. In point of style, his lordship is here deficient; and he has also ...
— The Grammar of English Grammars • Goold Brown

... first and foremost and exclusively, the humorist—with his shrieking Philistinism, his dominant sense for the colossally incongruous, his spontaneous faculty for staggering, ludicrous contrast. To the reflective, Mark Twain subsumed within himself a "certain surcharge and overplus of power, a buoyancy, and a sense of conquest" which typified the youth of America. It is memorable that he breathed in his youth the bracing air of the prairie, shared the collective ardour of the Argonauts, ...
— Mark Twain • Archibald Henderson

... Estill Springs, Tenn., recently sold a postage stamp for $390. It was a Philippine stamp, which he obtained while in those islands a few years ago, and is known as an "Inverted Surcharge." The word "Philippine" is printed upside down. It is thought to be the only Philippine stamp of its kind ...
— Owen Clancy's Happy Trail - or, The Motor Wizard in California • Burt L. Standish

... accomplice; for he aided and abetted them in their robbery, by acting as a Commissioner of the Property Tax, and did it with so much heart and soul, that he sanctioned not only the assessor and the collector, but likewise scarcely ever failed to confirm every infamous surcharge that the rascally inspector chose to make. This caused a burst of laughter, at the expense of the said Whig Commissioner, who looked extremely foolish. Mr. Cobbett and myself approved of their petition, as far as it went, but we moved a rider, which ...
— Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 • Henry Hunt

... shadows; one might have said that he hated in advance of himself. He dwelt habitually in this shadow, feeling his way like a blind man and a dreamer. Only, at intervals, there suddenly came to him, from without and from within, an access of wrath, a surcharge of suffering, a livid and rapid flash which illuminated his whole soul, and caused to appear abruptly all around him, in front, behind, amid the gleams of a frightful light, the hideous precipices and the sombre ...
— Les Miserables - Complete in Five Volumes • Victor Hugo

... General, trembling as though she watched for the operations of a fish torpedo; and other ladies shared her excessive anxiousness, for Mr. Baerens had the manner and the look of artillery, and on this occasion carried a surcharge of powder. ...
— The Shaving of Shagpat • George Meredith

... useless offices, so much accumulated in all governments, might close this drain also from the labors of the field, and lessen the burthens imposed on them. By these, and the better means which will occur to others, the surcharge of the learned, might in time be drawn off to recruit the laboring class of citizenss the sum of industry be increased, and that ...
— Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson - Volume I • Thomas Jefferson

... for hesitation, as a long and tremendous war whoop from a point up the stream seemed to surcharge the whole night with rage and ferocity. It was evident that the warriors had discovered that the wrong men had taken the canoe, as they were bound to do soon, and the chase would be on at once, conducted ...
— The Eyes of the Woods - A story of the Ancient Wilderness • Joseph A. Altsheler



Words linked to "Surcharge" :   fleece, soak, overcrowd, fill, lade, rack, rip off, load up, make full, rob, charge, hook, fill up, overprint, undercharge, bill, single supplement, wring, extort, overcharge



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