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dispossess

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Definition to take away possession of something — especially real estate

In the form, dispossessed, the word is often used as a noun to refer to people who are impoverished (poor—in any of different ways such as without physical or spiritual comforts, or without rights)
  • In the countersuit she charged that the lenders were conspiring to dispossess her of her property.
dispossess = to take away possession of something — especially real estate
  • attempting to ease the suffering of the dispossessed people
  • Once, the first time, when the rent of the house was two months behind and the landlord was threatening dispossession, it was Felipe Rivera, the scrub-boy in the poor, cheap clothes, worn and threadbare, who laid sixty dollars in gold on May Sethby's desk.
    Jack London  --  The Night-Born
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • Too many have been dispossessed of their heritage, and we have banded together in brotherhood so as to do something about it.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • dispossessed = deprived (had something taken away from them)
  • Green pressed his claim and got the estates; the dispossessed nobleman shot himself and died without issue.
    Gilbert K. Chesterton  --  The Wisdom Of Father Brown
  • ...Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.
    Ezekiel 45:9 (NIV)
  • ...You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky.
    Deuteronomy 9:1 (NIV)
  • We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • To-morrow some other little problem may be submitted to my notice which will in turn dispossess the fair French lady and the infamous Upwood.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • I had resolved to be calm about my dispossession, to keep my mind on the goal I had given myself.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • He would be dispossessed, of me and of himself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • This was more than they had ever expected from the town that only a few months before saw them as the dispossessed.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Jan Hinckart was dispossessed by Farnese, and Leonard I, the Thurn and Taxis Grand Master, reinstated.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Or putting dispossesses under the door because you never actually see him.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Restless Amata lay, her swelling breast Fir'd with disdain for Turnus dispossess'd, And the new nuptials of the Trojan guest.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Will you do as I ask, or will you dispossess me and lead the Varden yourself?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • They walked slowly toward the gibbet, and the birds took indignant wing, cawing and circling like a mob of angry dispossessed peasants.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • After all, they were needy and hungry and despised and dispossessed, and sinners the world over were in the driver's seat.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The organization dispossesses him for the landlord.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Why does my blood thus muster to my heart, Making both it unable for itself And dispossessing all the other parts Of necessary fitness?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure

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