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Dispossession   Listen

The expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the possession of land by process of law.  Synonyms: eviction, legal ouster.
Freeing from evil spirits.  Synonym: exorcism.

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"Dispossession" Quotes from Famous Books

... appointed, with plenipotentiary power both as to buying and selling. There were many underplots in this. No one need sell unless he chose to sell; but at this moment much land was held by no other title than that of Sulla's proscriptions. The present possessors were in daily fear of dispossession, by some new law made with the object of restoring their property to those who had been so cruelly robbed. These would be very glad to get any price in hand for land of which their tenure was so doubtful; and these were the ...
— Life of Cicero - Volume One • Anthony Trollope

... adventures of that hardy and romantic individual. How much in Smith's extant narrations is exaggeration, how much is dispossession of others' merits in favor of his own, it is difficult now to say.* A thing that one little likes is his persistent depreciation of his fellows. There is but one Noble Adventurer, and that one is John Smith. On the other ...
— Pioneers of the Old South - A Chronicle of English Colonial Beginnings, Volume 5 In - The Chronicles Of America Series • Mary Johnston

... loss, and he was very anxious as to the disposition of the estate. It is true that he had sold his birthright, but yet he half expected that both his father and sister would at the last be opposed to his dispossession. The most practical of men on every other subject, he yet associated with his claim upon Hallam all kinds of romantic generosities. He felt almost sure that, when the will came to be read, he would find Hallam left to him, under ...
— The Hallam Succession • Amelia Edith Barr

... — N. loss; deperdition^, perdition; forfeiture, lapse. privation, bereavement; deprivation &c (dispossession) 789; riddance; damage, squandering, waste. V. lose; incur a loss, experience a loss, meet with a loss; miss; mislay, let slip, allow to slip through the fingers; be without &c (exempt) 777.1; forfeit. get rid of &c 782; waste &c 638. be lost; lapse. Adj. losing &c v.; not ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

Words linked to "Dispossession" :   exorcism, due process of law, law, supernaturalism, dispossess, ouster, retaliatory eviction, due process, jurisprudence, actual eviction, evocation, legal ouster, summoning

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