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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Definitions for expropriate

  1. To deprive of possession.
  2. To transfer (the property of another) to oneself.

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Citations for expropriate
Very few voters, after all, really believe Europe's new generation of social democratic leaders are wild Bolsheviks plotting to expropriate their Toyotas. Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times
The Spanish constitution declared the country "a democratic republic of workers of all classes" and laid down that property might be expropriated "for social uses." Mark Mazower, Dark Continent
Origin of expropriate
1605-1615
Expropriate comes from Medieval Latin expropriatus, past participle of expropriare, "to deprive of property," from Latin ex- + proprius, "one's own." The act of expropriating is expropriation. One who expropriates is an expropriator.