dispossessed

[dis-puh-zest]
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; dispossess + -ed2

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dispossess

[dis-puh-zes]
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

dispossession, noun
dispossessor, noun
dispossessory [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] , adjective


1. See strip1.
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dispossess (ˌdɪspəˈzɛs)
 
vb
(tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
 
dispos'session
 
n
 
dispos'sessor
 
n
 
dispos'sessory
 
adj

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dispossess
late 15c., from O.Fr. despossesser "to dispossess," from des- "dis-" (see dis-) + possesser "possess" (see possess). Related: Dispossessed; dispossession.
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Example sentences
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.
But it did not bother to consult the peasants who were to be dispossessed.
Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the
  dispossessed and downtrodden of society.
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