- evicted, as from a dwelling, land, etc.; ousted.
- without property, status, etc., as wandering or displaced persons; rootless; disfranchised.
- having suffered the loss of expectations, prospects, relationships, etc.; disinherited; disaffiliated; alienated: The modern city dweller may feel spiritually dispossessed.
Origin of dispossessed
- to put (a person) out of possession, especially of real property; oust.
- to banish.
- to abandon ownership of (a building), especially as a bad investment: Landlords have dispossessed many old tenement buildings.
Origin of dispossess
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Examples from the Web for dispossessed
Pope Francis, the first Pope from a developing nation, sees the world through the eyes of the poor and dispossessed.Hope and Change in the Vatican
January 4, 2014
But we live in times where revolutions and uprisings are rising from the disenchanted and the dispossessed.The Ugly Side of Sweden
Janine di Giovanni
July 17, 2013
The poor and dispossessed are shuffled out to suburbs and never seen.The Problem With Cities
Janine di Giovanni
June 24, 2013
Israel recently advanced legislation calling for tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens to be uprooted and dispossessed.New Bill Threatens Bedouin Rights in Israel
Rabbi Joyce Galaski
May 24, 2013
The same story repeated itself across the Arab world, as dispossessed Jews fled discrimination, abuse, riots and executions.Throw Away That Rusty Key
May 20, 2013
The Irish were dispossessed, kicked out, and they have been out ever since.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
But the time had come when even these kings of birds were to be dispossessed.
Of course these two tribes were the first who were dispossessed of their lands by the Europeans.
One of them must have ordered Mr. Stanley dispossessed on his own responsibility.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
"He got in for that while he was dispossessed," smiled Southend.Tristram of Blent
- (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Word Origin and History for dispossessed
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