dispossessed


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dis·pos·sessed

 (dĭs′pə-zĕst′)
adj.
1. Deprived of possession.
2. Spiritually impoverished or alienated.

dis′pos·sessed′ n.

dispossessed

(ˌdɪspəˈzɛst)
pl n
the dispossessed people who have had property or possessions taken away

dis•pos•sessed

(ˌdɪs pəˈzɛst)

adj.
1. evicted, as from a dwelling or land; ousted.
2. without property, status, etc., as wandering or displaced persons; rootless; disfranchised.
3. having suffered the loss of prospects, relationships, etc.; disaffiliated; alienated.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dispossessed - physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of securitydispossessed - physically or spiritually homeless or deprived of security; "made a living out of shepherding dispossed people from one country to another"- James Stern
unfortunate - not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune; "an unfortunate turn of events"; "an unfortunate decision"; "unfortunate investments"; "an unfortunate night for all concerned"

dispossessed

adjective destitute, landless all kinds of displaced and dispossessed people
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We were alone with the quiet day, and his little heart, dispossessed, had stopped.
He and his wife and Rob, then a youth of nineteen, were descended upon, during a cold winter's evening, and dispossessed without warning.
Each house is, as it necessarily must be, the judge of the elections, qualifications, and returns of its members; and whatever improvements may be suggested by experience, for simplifying and accelerating the process in disputed cases, so great a portion of a year would unavoidably elapse, before an illegitimate member could be dispossessed of his seat, that the prospect of such an event would be little check to unfair and illicit means of obtaining a seat.
But the devil does not suffer himself to be easily dispossessed from a place in which he has fixed his garrison.
For he had killed as many of the dispossessed lords as he could lay hands on, and few had escaped; he had won over the Roman gentlemen, and he had the most numerous party in the college.
He had once more reared the American flag in the lost domains of Astoria; and had he been enabled to maintain the footing he had so gallantly effected, he might have regained for his country the opulent trade of the Columbia, of which our statesmen have negligently suffered us to be dispossessed.
Before the Europeans, or, to use a more significant term, the Christians, dispossessed the original owners of the soil, all that section of country which contains the New England States, and those of the Middle which lie east of the mountains, was occupied by two great nations of Indians, from whom had descended numberless tribes.
Many of these bear with them the smart of real or fancied injuries; many consider themselves expatriated beings, wrongfully exiled from their hereditary homes, and the sepulchres of their fathers, and cherish a deep and abiding animosity against the race that has dispossessed them.
Moreover," the Sheikh added, "in the days of the Oppression the Emirs and their creatures dispossessed many people of their lands.
It was only that I had given up the direction of my intelligence before the problem; or rather that the problem had dispossessed my intelligence and reigned in its stead side by side with a superstitious awe.
Green pressed his claim and got the estates; the dispossessed nobleman shot himself and died without issue.
At the other end of the table was the bird-faced officer Bert had dispossessed, still looking hostile and whispering about Bert to his neighbour.