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expropriate

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Definition to take property or money that belongs to another
  • 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.
  • If negotiation fails, we will expropriate the land.
  • The Communist government expropriated the land from its owners.
  • 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)
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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)
  • Tres Marias was one of the last haciendas in the South to be expropriated under the agrarian reform.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • 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
  • Conceivably risking expropriation of entire companies by angry governments.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He had expropriated every job on Yamacraw Island for himself.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • She looked in turn at the three men, temporarily expropriating them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • I know that if we succeed, they will be only too eager to expropriate the motor.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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