Definition of appropriation in English:

appropriation

noun

  • 1mass noun The action of appropriating something.

    ‘dishonest appropriation of property’
    • ‘To use that intellectual property for private purposes - or not to share that information with the public - is just as serious an offence against the public as any other appropriation of public property for private purposes.’
    • ‘This provides that a person's appropriation of another's property is not to be regarded as dishonest if he believes that he has the right in law to deprive the other of it.’
    • ‘Rock music is one of the few means of expression that remains a strong voice, despite the effects of co-option and appropriation.’
    • ‘As one moves further from the Wiccan mainstream, neopaganism's eclectic quality - its status as a religion of appropriation - becomes yet more obvious.’
    • ‘He believes cultural appropriation is ‘artistically wrong.’’
    • ‘Or is it merely appropriation of the latest fad?’
    • ‘He was indicted on four counts of theft and one count of fraudulent appropriation of property.’
    • ‘A more serious issue is the appropriation of money and resources.’
    • ‘They facilitate the appropriation of vast tracts of forest land for purposes of industry.’
    • ‘The cynics among us may decry the appropriation of a heartwarming symbol for the sale of soft drinks.’
    1. 1.1The deliberate reworking of images and styles from earlier, well-known works of art.
      ‘the hallmark of postmodernism has turned out to be appropriation’
      • ‘The appropriation and resignification of images and other cultural products, of course, is a common cross-cultural occurrence.’
      • ‘One can never forget how much he rejected or ignored during the years spanned by this collection, from Pop art and Minimalism to photo-based art and appropriation decades later.’
      • ‘The compelling visuality of the work of art resists appropriation by either the cleverness of historical explanations or the eloquence of descriptive language.’
      • ‘What's tricky is that people can conflate those ideas about collage and appropriation and art and culture with ideas about downloading and file-sharing.’
      • ‘More specifically, there are signs that the photographer put an idiosyncratic and skeptical spin on his appropriation of various graphic tactics and values.’
      • ‘Both the copies and the rubbings are completely different in spirit from postmodernist appropriation.’
      • ‘Imitation began with the study of ancient and modern masterworks, paid honor to other artists through appropriation of their motifs, and challenged one to discern and represent the best parts of nature.’
      • ‘The power of this image has begun a trend of appropriation within art culture.’
      • ‘Many of the works on the political side of the spectrum relied on fragmentation, appropriation and postmodern distancing to make their points.’
      • ‘Techniques such as appropriation and collaging originated in the Arts, with the Cubists, Dadaists, and Surrealists at the beginning of the twentieth century.’
      • ‘If the voiceless are to have a voice, and in particular their own, they can only have it through art's appropriation.’
      • ‘The Western appropriation of communist kitsch thrived during the Cold War, for purposes both earnest and ironic, and it has not abated since then.’
      • ‘When all the shouting is over, it is hard to say what lingers: the dialogue with appropriation, which is like a secret language between artists, or a timeless tragedy of American marriage and mores.’
      • ‘How do we evaluate this work in light of the questions of authorship, appropriation, and identity which have motivated much of the most progressive art of the last twenty-five years.’
      • ‘Indeed, appropriation may be what her work is principally about: even the seeming originality of the digital elements depends on a prior image source.’
  • 2A sum of money allocated officially for a particular use.

    ‘success in obtaining appropriations for projects’
    as modifier ‘the appropriation accounts’
    • ‘So he's going to remind us that our homeland is more secure, but it needs to be even more secure yet, meaning appropriations of money.’
    • ‘I think there will be money in a supplemental appropriation as early as next week.’
    • ‘The responsibility rests entirely with Congress allocating the appropriations required and with the executive branch of the Government.’
    • ‘I want to talk about an issue that relates to the appropriations and where more money will be sent.’
    • ‘And last week, a Senate subcommittee on homeland security appropriations tried to cut funding to mass transit.’
    • ‘Although Congress has scrutinized the subsidy almost annually and until 1993 required annual renewals, its character as a tax appropriation has made the subsidy less publicly visible.’
    • ‘A much bigger threat to our freedom is an overweening state that plays on our fears to justify the appropriation of even more money to special interests, the mobilization of which will ensure that it stays in power.’
    • ‘And a private member's bill is legislation covering anything other than legislation imposing or varying a tax or requiring the appropriation of revenue.’
    • ‘Congress actually passed a bill which made Sunday closing a condition for the appropriation of federal money.’
    • ‘Thus air defense planners competed against fellow Army Air Forces officers in the struggle to obtain appropriations.’
    • ‘And Mary and I attended one of her workshops to learn how to get appropriations for work-well projects in our state.’
    • ‘Despite these cuts and the appropriation of local tax revenues, the state government will have to borrow $17.2 billion through bond sales and pass on $8 billion in debt to the next fiscal year.’
    • ‘To make the appropriation of sale tax revenue more palatable, proponents labeled it a ‘sporting goods’ tax.’
    • ‘Besides, billions of dollars already pay for infrastructure through bonds, direct appropriations and federal funding.’
    • ‘Significant lags, for example, exist between appropriations for state construction projects and actual construction activity.’
    • ‘The remaining $11.1 million will come from state appropriations for capital projects.’
    • ‘Budget allocations and appropriations must be made individually during each year of the program.’
    • ‘Some in Congress are trying to find a steadier funding stream for port security than appropriations.’
    • ‘The requirement of a legislative appropriation applies to an expenditure by the Crown to perform a contract no less than an expenditure for any other purpose.’
    • ‘The bill called for a modest appropriation of five million dollars per year to launch the project.’
    acquisition, acquiring, obtaining, gaining, earning, winning, securing, procuring, procurement

Origin

Late Middle English from late Latin appropriatio(n-), from appropriare ‘make one's own’ (see appropriate).

Pronunciation

appropriation

/əˌprəʊprɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/