Definition of impropriator in English:


Pronunciation /imˈprōprēˌādər/ /ɪmˈproʊpriˌeɪdər/


  • A person to whom a benefice is granted as their property.

    ‘Similar tactics could be employed against tithe-gatherers, especially when the proceeds went to lay or monastic impropriators rather than the parish priest for whom God had ordained them.’
    • ‘The treatment complained of is not that of the defendants personally but that of lay impropriators generally, the defendants included.’