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dispossessed

[dis-puh-zest]
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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.
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Origin of dispossessed

First recorded in 1590–1600; dispossess + -ed2

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.
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Origin of dispossess

1425–75; dis-1 + possess; replacing Middle English disposseden, equivalent to dis-1 + posseden (< Old French posseder) < Latin possidēre; see possess
Related formsdis·pos·ses·sion, noundis·pos·ses·sor, noundis·pos·ses·so·ry [dis-puh-zes-uh-ree] /ˌdɪs pəˈzɛs ə ri/, adjective

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1. See strip1.
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Related Words

evictoustappropriateejectexpropriateexpel

Examples from the Web for dispossessed

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Of course these two tribes were the first who were dispossessed of their lands by the Europeans.

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • One of them must have ordered Mr. Stanley dispossessed on his own responsibility.

  • "He got in for that while he was dispossessed," smiled Southend.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for dispossessed

dispossess

verb
  1. (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Derived Formsdispossession, noundispossessor, noundispossessory, 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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