Definition of disendow in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • Deprive (someone or something) of an endowment.

    ‘the state Church, the Church of Ireland, continued until 1869, when Gladstone disestablished and disendowed it’
    • ‘An Act of Parliament in 1920 disestablished and disendowed the Anglican Church within the Principality.’
    • ‘Instead, a different settlement was reached: in effect, the Church in Wales was disendowed at that time.’
    • ‘He also took steps to enforce the decrees of 1859 disestablishing and disendowing the church.’
    • ‘Until 1892 when the Cathedral was disestablished and disendowed, the affairs of St John's ran fairly smoothly.’
    • ‘He disestablished and disendowed the Irish Church and established a national education system.’
    • ‘But my lot is cast in with the West Indian disendowed Church, and with the poorest diocese thereof.’
    • ‘The Church had been disestablished, and to some extent disendowed for many years, and at the present time the churches are maintained and the Clergy supported in different ways.’
    • ‘The first major policy he introduced, in 1869, was the Irish Church Act, which disestablished and disendowed the Church of Ireland.’
    • ‘When the Church of Ireland was disestablished in 1870, the Cathedral Chapter found itself totally disendowed and without funds.’
    • ‘It is to be remembered, however, that the Church so restored was a disendowed and humbled Church, from which the State might be thought to have little to fear.’
    • ‘The problem had to be approached from another side when it related to a Church disestablished and disendowed, and with no prospect of obtaining any endowment.’
    • ‘The state religion was disendowed, persecuted, and abolished.’
    • ‘The church of the West Indies was disestablished and disendowed in 1868.’
    • ‘St Augustine's was the first church in Ireland to be built by voluntary subscription since the Irish Church was disestablished and disendowed.’
    • ‘Soon afterward the Shintô cult, officially revived in its primal simplicity, was declared the Religion of State; and Buddhism was disendowed.’



/ˌdisənˈdou/ /ˌdɪsənˈdaʊ/