1. The act of imposing, laying on, affixing, enjoining, inflicting, obtruding, and the like. “From imposition of strict laws.” --Milton.
Made more solemn by the imposition of hands. --Hammond.
2. That which is imposed, levied, or enjoined; charge; burden; injunction; tax.
3. Eng. Univ. An extra exercise enjoined on students as a punishment.
4. An excessive, arbitrary, or unlawful exaction; hence, a trick or deception put on laid on others; cheating; fraud; delusion; imposture.
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition. --Shak.
5. Eccl. The act of laying on the hands as a religious ceremoy, in ordination, confirmation, etc.
6. Print. The act or process of imosing pages or columns of type. See Impose, v. t., 4.
Syn: -- Deceit; fraud; imposture. See Deception.
n 1: the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo) [syn:
2: an uncalled-for burden; "he listened but resented the