verb (ɪmˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)

(tr) to transfer (property, rights, etc) from the Church into lay hands

adjective (ɪmˈprəʊprɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

transferred in this way

Derived forms of impropriate

impropriation, nounimpropriator, noun

Word Origin for impropriate

C16: from Medieval Latin impropriāre to make one's own, from Latin im- in- ² + propriāre to appropriate
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Examples from the Web for impropriate

  • In a parish where there is an impropriate rectory and a vicarage, glebe may be attached to both or either.

  • The poor vicars never got back a bit of the impropriate tithes; the seats of learning got comparatively little.

    Two Suffolk Friends|Francis Hindes Groome