The appropriator of the tale had a wide reputation in the West, and was exceedingly popular.
He hadn't so much minded the epithets Mrs. Folliott had applied, for they were to the appropriator of her securities.
Verily, an appropriator of all values must such bestowing love become; but healthy and holy, call I this selfishness.
As the appropriator of his own he didn't so much want to brand him as—just more "amusingly" even, if one would.
In other words, the first appropriator is the first in right.
"specially suitable, proper," early 15c., from Latin appropriatus, past participle of appropriare (see appropriate (v.)). Related: Appropriately; appropriateness.
liberate (WWI Army)