- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for dispossess on Thesaurus.com
1. See strip1.
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Examples from the Web for dispossession
So, what kind of redress might work best for this specific expression of Sunni marginalization and dispossession?ISIS and BS
October 15, 2014
It wasn't the Holocaust survivors who planned the dispossession.Film Review: Documentary Explores Israeli Attitudes to the Palestinian Nakba
November 27, 2013
This, from a country that lives with its own ghosts of dispossession and displacement.Canada And The Palestinians
November 29, 2012
This is a strategy that will challenge the status quo—a now 64 year-old process of dispossession.The Taste of Freedom
May 17, 2012
If the Arabs had just accepted Zionism (signifying their own dispossession), then World War II might have turned out differently.Wilf’s Colonialism Denial
April 20, 2012
For one thing, it would involve the dispossession of that year's baby.Mary Gray
How dim was her own love-dream beside this torment of dispossession.
He stared at her; but the ray only illumined the bewilderment of his dispossession.
And he never felt so to the full his dispossession as in thinking of Robert.Christmas Roses and Other Stories
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The Spaniards had won a footing already too secure for dispossession.The Lily and the Totem
William Gilmore Simms
- (tr) to take away possession of something, esp property; expel
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Word Origin and History for dispossession
1570s, noun of action from dispossess.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper