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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 of dispossessed
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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  • He was dispossessed as a "malignant" during the Commonwealth, but returned at the Restoration.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Of course these two tribes were the first who were dispossessed of their lands by the Europeans.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I heard of a cuckoo that dispossessed a robin of its nest; of another that set a blue jay adrift.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped.

    The Turn of the Screw Henry James
  • This happened to belong to the assistant head of the dome, whom he dispossessed.

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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