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Definition of Imposition

The act of blessing or consecrating by the laying on of hands -- a ceremony common to many ecclesiastical systems, but performed with the frankest sincerity by the sect known as Thieves.
  'Lo! by the laying on of hands,'
      Say parson, priest and dervise,
  'We consecrate your cash and lands
      To ecclesiastical service.
  No doubt you'll swear till all is blue
  At such an imposition.  Do.'

Pollo Doncas

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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