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TRIBUTE. A contribution which is sometimes raised by the sovereign from his subject, to sustain the expenses of the state. It is also a sum of money paid by one nation to another under some pretended right. Wolff, Sec. 1145.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Masilo answered, saying that the number of their fighting-men was perhaps the half of a full regiment, that their cattle were many, for they were rich, that they paid no tribute, and that the name of the young man was Bulalio the Slaughterer--at the least, he was known by that name, and he had heard no other.
Then the tribute the mob paid him was a sorry tribute indeed, for that same mob had wallowed "Ephemera" into the mire.
He never wrote to them--that may have been selfish, but it was a part of the flattery of his trust of me; for the way in which a man pays his highest tribute to a woman is apt to be but by the more festal celebration of one of the sacred laws of his comfort; and I held that I carried out the spirit of the pledge given not to appeal to him when I let my charges understand that their own letters were but charming literary exercises.
When they had paid their tribute of politeness by curtsying to the lady of the house, they were permitted to mingle in the crowd, and take their share of the heat and inconvenience, to which their arrival must necessarily add.
If any town should engage in rebellion or mutiny, fall into violent factions, or refuse to pay the usual tribute, the king has two methods of reducing them to obedience.
Gulf Hotel is pleased to invite Bahrain to experience the most explosive tribute to rock legends AC/DC at the Sherlock Holmes on August 29 and August 30.
In Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi by garlanding his portrait at the ministry's office in Mumbai.
A leading Led Zeppelin tribute band will play in Wolverhampton next month.
After the success of the blockbuster film Rocketman chronicling the life of Elton John, the UK's number one tribute act comes to Cyprus for three shows in Paphos next week.
The tribute order, thus, became the historical context of the treaty system in Asia.
CLINTON -- The Tribute Road Race Committee is seeing nominations for this year's honoree.
Atlanta, GA, August 08, 2013 --( Maximum Bands Tribute Agency, and White Winged Dove Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac tribute band, are a match brought out of the glittering stage shows circa 1980s.