• WordNet 3.6
    • n dispossession the expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the possession of land by process of law
    • n dispossession freeing from evil spirits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dispossession The act of putting out of possession; the state of being dispossessed.
    • Dispossession (Law) The putting out of possession, wrongfully or otherwise, of one who is in possession of a freehold, no matter in what title; -- called also ouster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dispossession The act of putting out of possession, or the state of being dispossessed.
    • n dispossession The act of relieving or freeing from demoniac possession, or the like.
    • n dispossession In law, same as ouster.
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  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Happy are all free peoples, too strong to be dispossessed. But blessed are those among nations who dare to be strong for the rest!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. dépossession,


In literature:

Steering is to leave here; you need never be dispossessed during your lifetime.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
In all truly Christian and charitable cities refuges should be built for temporarily dispossessed, homeless, and hungry heads of families.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
What authority had any official to dispossess honest people from their homes in times of peace?
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
An expatriated Irishman, a dispossessed landlord, a man without one high ambition, a mere mocker of enthusiasm of every kind.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Another assault and another desperate struggle finally dispossessed the garrison of the house.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
Acting as General for the Church, he carried his arms against the petty tyrants of Romagna, whom he dispossessed and extirpated.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
He was sorry that he had dispossessed any one.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Czech would return to his own country and the dispossessed farmer would become a Communist.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
Then the early whites, dispossessing the red men and steadily increasing.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
Probably at no period did he aspire after supremacy, or expect to dispossess Cecil.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He kept seeing her as she had lain there sobbing, so fragile and dispossessed and broken.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
You, colonel, are to be dispossessed first, and then Seth Warner, and if they can kill you, colonel, they will do so.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
If the Europeans made a better use of the territory than did the Indians, had the Europeans the right to dispossess them?
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Suck, little lips dispossessed, As we kiss in the air whom we would.
"The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume IV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
No dispossessed princes led the Greeks, the Belgians, or the Poles.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Slavery must be dispossessed, its extension must be resisted.
"Charles Sumner Centenary" by Archibald H. Grimke
He dispossessed the magistrates whom the people elected, and was therefore a usurper.
"Stories of the Olden Time" by Various
May that day be far distant from America, when "trade's unfeeling train" shall "usurp this land, and dispossess the swain.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
He has dispossessed you of that which is yours.
"Toppleton's Client" by John Kendrick Bangs
Among them was Eucher with the handsome Yolande, dispossessed of her father's heritage by the seigneur of Plouernel.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

From shambles of the Dispossessed;
From Croesus in his sty;
From old Democracy obsessed
By fiends about to die:
"A Keynote [Extract]" by Bernard O Dowd
One day a day will dawn
Will see me dispossessed --
An empty nest whence singing-birds have flown.
Who shall refill the nest?
"Recompense: (For Lord Kilhacken)" by Katharine Tynan
Oh, my Claudius, would to Jove
That all this could dispossess me
Of my dark foreboding fancies,
Of the terrors that oppress me!--
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Both cannot govern in one soul;
Then let self–love be dispossessed;
The love of God deserves the whole,
And will not dwell with so despised a guest.
"Divine Love Endures No Rival" by William Cowper
They are not gone though lost to observation,
And dispossessed of those dear forms of clay,
Though dust and ashes speak of desolation;
The spirit-presence--this is ours alway.
"Not Gone" by Hattie Howard
Planets that shine on what I so adore,
Now thrown, the hour is late, in careless rest,
Protect that sleep, which I may watch no more,
I, the cast out, dismissed and dispossessed.
"Mahomed Akram's Appeal To The Stars" by Laurence Hope

In news:

THE POLITICS OF DISPOSSESSION The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969-1994.
With the global financial community in free fall, it's time for the music industry to get together and do what it does best: Record a music video to raise money for the dispossessed.
Professional organizers frequently urge clients to photograph objects they have trouble letting go of, as an assist to "dispossession," said Catherine Roster, research director for the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.
Hamdeen Sabahy, a champion for Egypt's dispossessed .
"All my sympathies were for the downtrodden, the dispossessed, the underdogs of the social order, and a car like that filled me with shame -- not just for myself but for living in a world that allowed such things to be in it".
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin Avon, 341 pp.
In a New Exhibition Milton Rogovin Evokes the World of Buffalo's Dispossessed.
Jewish groups at a meeting in Prague have urged countries in Eastern Europe to compensate Jews dispossessed of property during the Holocaust before it's too late.
A story of dispossessions and reconnections in Hawai'i.
Among her novels are The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the Nebula and Hugo awards.
Since we are geographically challenged and dispossessed of a GPS thing, we also explored the City of Cleveland, Ohio.