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evict

[ih-vikt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel (a person, especially a tenant) from land, a building, etc., by legal process, as for nonpayment of rent.
  2. to recover (property, titles, etc.) by virtue of superior legal title.
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Origin of evict

1400–50; late Middle English evicten < Late Latin ēvictus having recovered one's property by law, Latin: past participle of ēvincere to overcome, conquer, evince), equivalent to ē- e-1 + vic- (past participle stem of vincere; see victor) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formse·vic·tion, noune·vic·tor, nounnon·e·vic·tion, nounre·e·vict, verb (used with object)un·e·vict·ed, adjective
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  • "It's not exactly a funeral, but an eviction," remarked Owen again.

  • It was he who decided who got eviction notices and who could become tenants.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • Such an eviction from house and home might bring death yet nearer.

  • The family at Shoulthwaite Moss had been threatened with eviction.

  • At the eviction a man had funked, frightened out of his seven senses.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)


British Dictionary definitions for eviction

evict

verb (tr)
  1. to expel (a tenant) from property by process of law; turn out
  2. to recover (property or the title to property) by judicial process or by virtue of a superior title
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Derived Formseviction, nounevictor, nounevictee, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin ēvincere, from Latin: to vanquish utterly, from vincere to conquer
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Word Origin and History for eviction

n.

mid-15c., from Middle French éviction, from Latin evictionem (nominative evictio) "recovery of one's property," noun of action from past participle stem of evincere (see evict).

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evict

v.

mid-15c., "recover (property) by judicial means," from Latin evictus, past participle of evincere "recover property, overcome and expel, conquer," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vincere "conquer" (see victor). Sense of "expel by legal process" first recorded in English 1530s. Related: Evicted; evicting.

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