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IMPOSITION (from Lat. imponere, to pl...

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 343 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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IMPOSITION (from Lat. imponere, to place or lay upon), in ecclesiastical usage, the " laying on " of hands by a bishop at the services of confirmation and ordination as a sign that some special spiritual gift is conferred, or that the recipient is set apart for some special service or work. The word is also used of the levying of a burdensome or unfair tax or duty, and of a penalty, and hence is applied to a punishment task given to a schoolboy. From " impose " in the sense of " to pass off " on some one, imposition means also a trick or deception. In the printing trade the term is used of the arrangement of pages of type in the " forme," being one of the stages between composing and printing.
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