n.1.A possessor; a property holder.
Having been of old freemen and possessioners.
- Sir P. Sidney.
2.An invidious name for a member of any religious community endowed with property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friars.
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70 satisfaccion, that he wolde leese the blisse of oure lord God, the possessioner of hys temple.
Crowley argues "If the possessioners would consider themselves to be but stewards, and not lords over their possessions, this oppression would soon be redressed.
One sermon in this series further criticizes curates and possessioners for failing to give proper alms to the poor and for neglecting to correct sinners,(25) and another is equally outspoken on over-taxation, lack of wise government, and deficiency in the military, which are causing the country to be weak in the face of her enemies.