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dispossessed

[dis-puh-zest] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛst/
adjective
1.
evicted, as from a dwelling, land, etc.; ousted.
2.
without property, status, etc., as wandering or displaced persons; rootless; disfranchised.
3.
having suffered the loss of expectations, prospects, relationships, etc.; disinherited; disaffiliated; alienated:
The modern city dweller may feel spiritually dispossessed.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; dispossess + -ed2

dispossess

[dis-puh-zes] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
2.
to banish.
3.
to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment:
Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
Origin
1425-75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (< Old French posseder) < Latin possidēre; see possess
Related forms
dispossession, noun
dispossessor, noun
dispossessory
[dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
1. See strip1 .
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Examples for dispossessed
  • Professors, support your local teachers and get involved with helping the dispossessed in your communities.
  • Voting with their feet, the dispossessed are already migrating by the millions toward the planet's wealthy regions.
  • He was said to have never raised the rent or dispossessed a tenant for the inability to pay rent.
  • The families that had been dispossessed to make way for the capital city did not do too badly.
  • But it did not bother to consult the peasants who were to be dispossessed.
  • Small land occupiers dispossessed by bureaucrats who make fortunes selling the farmland to property developers.
  • Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society.
  • We can neither afford to be complacent nor feel dispossessed by our democracy.
  • In daylight, though, he moved among and painted the dispossessed.
  • Unable to pay rent or meet mortgage payments, many families were dispossessed from their homes.
British Dictionary definitions for dispossessed

dispossess

/ˌdɪspəˈzɛs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
Derived Forms
dispossession, noun
dispossessor, noun
dispossessory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dispossessed

dispossess

v.

late 15c., from Old French despossesser "to dispossess," from des- (see dis-) + possesser (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossessing.

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