Meaning of dispossession in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdɪspəˈzɛʃn/

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mass noun
  • The action of depriving someone of land, property, or other possessions.

    ‘the global impact of poverty and dispossession’
    • ‘reparation for the victims of land dispossession’
    • ‘The dispossession of the peasantry gave landlords a golden opportunity to amalgamate small plots into large farms.’
    • ‘So the freedom of many white Americans depended on the dispossession of this other people.’
    • ‘There is the structural violence of coerced theft and dispossession imposed by landlords.’
    • ‘Seven of his relatives were threatened with or suffered dispossession, and he organized purchases for some of the latter.’
    • ‘Dispossession was further compounded by discriminatory legislation designed to control the native population.’
    • ‘Together, they have survived displacement, prejudice, and dispossession, but at a cost to their humanity.’
    • ‘The results have been traumatic: poverty, cultural dislocation, dispossession, and disease have taken a deadly toll.’
    • ‘He calls attention to the way in which racism against blacks is intertwined with economic dispossession.’
    • ‘Faulkner's novels dealing with race and slavery return again and again to the concerns and dispossession of white male characters.’
    • ‘The approach to colonization varied significantly from one region to the next, some areas experiencing a harsher kind of dispossession than others.’