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expropriate


Land owners say the new law has the effect of expropriating their land without compensation.
  to take property or money that belongs to another
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This usually implies a legal, but involuntary taking.
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  • Land owners say the new law has the effect of expropriating their land without compensation.
  • The Supreme Court found that cities can expropriate land for private redevelopment if it is in the public interest. Of course, eminent domain law requires that just compensation be paid to the owners.
  • The Chinese are said to expropriate land at little cost for the purpose of industrial expansion.
  • Venezuela’s President Chavez announced that all closed businesses are candidates to be expropriated and reopened under worker control.

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  • If negotiation fails, we will expropriate the land.
  • Werner watches Volkheimer climb onto the stool and close his eyes when a particularly plangent waltz comes on, Volkheimer who has killed a hundred men by now at least, probably more, walking into pathetic radio-transmitting shacks in his huge expropriated boots, sneaking up behind some emaciated Ukrainian with headphones on his ears and a microphone at his lips and shooting him in the back of the head, then going to the truck to tell Werner to collect the transmitter, making the order…
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He had expropriated every job on Yamacraw Island for himself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The few whose names had lived were really impostors, expropriating the glory of the people as others expropriated its wealth.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This is plain expropriation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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  • She looked in turn at the three men, temporarily expropriating them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Conceivably risking expropriation of entire companies by angry governments.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Tres Marias was one of the last haciendas in the South to be expropriated under the agrarian reform.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It was a standing joke that he was so keen on subsidizing the revolution that he expropriated himself and organized strikes at his own plants.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • There were a number of colleges—and Ole Miss was one of them—for which the expropriation of the market value of pre-professional football players was something very like a core business.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He’d say, "Mr. March, will you take a trip downtown and expropriate from the expropriators a good copy of the Esprit des Lois?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The few whose names had lived were really impostors, expropriating the glory of the people as others expropriated its wealth.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I know that if we succeed, they will be only too eager to expropriate the motor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • So we came to set aside one month a year to spend in this valley-to rest, to live in a rational world, to bring our real work out of hiding, to trade our achievements-here, where achievements meant payment, not expropriation.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • That part of him which seemed to fit his reddish Irish coloring she knew least; she was afraid of it, yet more anxious to explore—this was his more masculine side: the other part, the trained part, the consideration in the polite eyes, she expropriated without question, as most women did.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • She had thought that industrial production was a value not to be questioned by anyone; she had thought that these men’s urge to expropriate the factories of others was their acknowledgment of the factories value.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Just as the mystic is a parasite in matter, who expropriates the wealth created by others-just as he is a parasite in spirit, who plunders the ideas created by others-so he falls below the level of a lunatic who creates his own distortion of reality, to the level of a parasite of lunacy who seeks a distortion created by others.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A year ago, he thought, they would have shot him; two years ago, they would have confiscated his property; generations ago, men of their kind had been able to afford the luxury of murder and expropriation, the safety of pretending to themselves and their victims that material loot was their only objective.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • There it was: the punishment that required the victim’s own virtue as the fuel to make it work-his invention of Rearden Metal being used as the cause of his expropriation-Dagny’s honor and the depth of their feeling for each other being used as a tool of blackmail, a blackmail from which the depraved would be immune-and, in the People’s States of Europe, millions of men being held in bondage by means of their desire to live, by means of their energy drained in forced labor, by means of…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I saw them reaching into my soul, just as they reach into Mulligan’s pocket, reaching to expropriate the value of my person, just as they reach to expropriate his wealth-I saw the impertinent malice of mediocrity boastfully holding up its own emptiness as an abyss to be filled by the bodies of its betters-I saw them seeking, just as they seek to feed on Mulligan’s money, to feed on those hours when I wrote my music and on that which made me write it, seeking to gnaw their way to…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I saw them reaching into my soul, just as they reach into Mulligan’s pocket, reaching to expropriate the value of my person, just as they reach to expropriate his wealth-I saw the impertinent malice of mediocrity boastfully holding up its own emptiness as an abyss to be filled by the bodies of its betters-I saw them seeking, just as they seek to feed on Mulligan’s money, to feed on those hours when I wrote my music and on that which made me write it, seeking to gnaw their way to…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • You declare to your children that it is rational to loot, to torture, to enslave, to expropriate, to murder, but that they must resist the temptations of logic and stick to the discipline of remaining irrationalthat skyscrapers, factories, radios, airplanes were the products of faith and mystic intuition, while famines, concentration camps and firing squads are the products of a reasonable manner of existence-that the industrial revolution was the revolt of the men of faith against…
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "Through all the ages," he said, "the mind has been regarded as evil, and every form of insult: from heretic to materialist to exploiterevery form of iniquity: from exile to disfranchisement to expropriation-every form of torture: from sneers to rack to firing squadhave been brought down upon those who assumed the responsibility of looking at the world through the eyes of a living consciousness and performing the crucial act of a rational connection.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Communist government expropriated the land from its owners.
  • And we did not expropriate Arab resources, but, in fact, poured billions of dollars into Iraq to jumpstart its new consensual government in the greatest foreign aid infusion of the age.
    Victor Davis Hanson  --  A Moral War  --  http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.p?ref=/hanson/hanson200512020815.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Still others become very upset that wealth is not shared equally by all. This is a dangerous conviction because it can only lead to the celebration of expropriation.
    Rev. Robert A. Sirico  --  The Virtues of Development  --  http://www.acton.org/publicat/randl/print_article.php?id=552(retrieved 06/28/06)
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