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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

An impost on salt (as in France for several centuries prior to 1790).

Usage examples (19)
  • One of the grievances that fueled the French Revolution of 1789 was the salt tax, also called the gabelle .
  • It would be a modern gabelle: everyone consumes fuel one way or another.
  • Salt taxes were established, which harked back to the despised gabelle of the ancien régime.
  • First collection of the gabelle (salt tax) in France; increasing war levies and mounting dissatisfaction. for more
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