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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 of dispossess
1425-1475
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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  • And he never felt so to the full his dispossession as in thinking of Robert.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • How dim was her own love-dream beside this torment of dispossession.

    Amabel Channice Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Eviction, the dispossession of a person from the occupancy of lands or tenements.

  • He stared at her; but the ray only illumined the bewilderment of his dispossession.

    Amabel Channice Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • At the moment of dispossession, some of them were miserably rent, and the blood gushed out both at the nose and mouth.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
British Dictionary definitions for dispossession

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 dispossession
n.

1570s, noun of action from dispossess.

dispossess

v.

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

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