• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impropriation (Eng. Eccl. Law) A benefice in the hands of a layman, or of a lay corporation.
    • Impropriation The act of impropriating; as, the impropriation of property or tithes; also, that which is impropriated.
    • Impropriation (Eng. Eccl. Law) The act of putting an ecclesiastical benefice in the hands of a layman, or lay corporation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impropriation The act of appropriating to private use; exclusive possession or assumption.
    • n impropriation In English ecclesiastical law: The act of putting the revenues of a benefice into the hands of a layman or lay corporation. Impropriation, which was executed chiefly under Henry VIII., includes the obligation to provide for the performance of the spiritual duties of the parish from the impropriated revenues.
    • n impropriation That which is impropriated, as ecclesiastical property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Impropriation act of appropriating: property impropriated
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. impropriātus—L. in, in, proprius, one's own.


In literature:

IMPROPRIATION, the transference of the revenues of a benefice to a layman or lay body to be devoted to spiritual uses.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
They were buying up impropriated tithes and gaining control of appointments to livings.
"Beginnings of the American People" by Carl Lotus Becker
Lay impropriators should pay them to the crown.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
Had he the right, or could he have it, to appropriate the income of the living according to terms laid down by the lay impropriator?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
At that time the Duke of Cleveland was impropriator, but the tithes had been leased by his Grace to Messrs. James Whitehouse and Charles Quinton.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
What's all this entangled story about irregular induction, and the last incumbent, and the lay impropriator?
"A Rent In A Cloud" by Charles James Lever
Improprie autem plumbum hoc nostrum candidum zin, stannum dicitur.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
The chancel was almost rebuilt by Mr. T. T. Berney, the impropriator.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
Like the English monasteries, they impropriated the tithes of parishes, thus helping to kill the parochial system.
"Irish History and the Irish Question" by Goldwin Smith
If you be the venerable Man to whom this goodly Mansion is impropriated; I come to negociate about authentic Business.
"The Stolen Heiress" by Susanna Centlivre
The End impropriate, and the Meaning low.
"The Art of Architecture" by Anonymous
The practice of impropriation was an indirect result of the revival of the monastic principle.
"Education in England in the Middle Ages" by Albert William Parry
I afterward sold the impropriation.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn