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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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70 satisfaccion, that he wolde leese the blisse of oure lord God, the possessioner of hys temple.
Finally, instead of pitting one racialized, ethnicized, nationalized, and gendered group of expropriated commoners against another in the struggle for decolonization, this would reinvigorate the contemporary struggle against all "possessioners" (some of whom are part of the group defined as "Native" the world over).
Crowley argues "If the possessioners would consider themselves to be but stewards, and not lords over their possessions, this oppression would soon be redressed.
The toe, though, emphasized "the cormorant belly['s]" insatiable appetite, alluding to the possessioners' self-interest that undermined the interdependence that would otherwise have enabled every part of the body politic, the many "petty helps" that constitute "this our fabric," to work harmoniously with every other part (1.1.121-25).
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.