Definition of disendow in English:



[with object]
  • Deprive (someone or something) of an endowment, in particular deprive (a Church) of the property and funds that it receives from the state.

    ‘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.’



/dɪsɪnˈdaʊ/ /dɪsɛnˈdaʊ/