verb (ɪmˈprəʊprɪˌeɪt)

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

adjective (ɪmˈprəʊprɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)

transferred in this way

Nearby words

  1. impromptu,
  2. improper,
  3. improper fraction,
  4. improper integral,
  5. improperia,
  6. impropriety,
  7. improv,
  8. improve,
  9. improve on,
  10. improvement

Derived Formsimpropriation, 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