Hey ObamAcorn, Since you didn’t like the definition of tax given to you by George Stephanopoulos from the Merriam Webster dictionary, I thought I would go to the Oxford Dictionary to get a definition. I have always heard that this dictionary is the standard to use for definitions of words. This is an explanation about the Oxford Dictionary. Oops, you probably won’t like this one either since Oxford is in England, and we have seen how much you like the English.
Here is its definition of TAX – from AskOxford
• noun 1 a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on personal income and business profits or added to the cost of some goods, services, and transactions. 2 a strain or heavy demand.
• verb 1 impose a tax on. 2 pay tax on (a vehicle). 3 make heavy demands on. 4 charge with a fault or wrongdoing.
— DERIVATIVES taxable adjective.
— ORIGIN from Latin taxare ‘to censure, charge, compute’.
Oh, I like the phrase compulsory contribution to state revenue. Yep, I think that shows that a fine that is compulsory to pay to the state is a TAX!!!