dis·​pos·​sessed | \ ˌdis-pə-ˈzest How to pronounce dispossessed (audio) also -ˈsest\

Definition of dispossessed

: deprived of homes, possessions, and security

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The organization helps dispossessed people rebuild their lives.

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Meanwhile, the dispossessed Texan daughters — none of who have their acts even remotely together — are chagrined to find out their mother wants to give away their family homestead to strangers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Her Texas home was built by a cotton fortune. So she's giving it away. 'Plantation' goes for laughs from racism and reparation.," 4 Mar. 2018 The Western bombing campaign left behind a lawless country, unimaginably over-armed and under-democratized, with a dispossessed population struggling to survive in conditions of civil war and violent chaos. Phyllis Bennis, Fortune, "Commentary: How America Bears Responsibility for Libya’s Slave Auctions," 8 Dec. 2017 Many Bangladeshis worry that the Rohingya are perfect candidates to be radicalized — victims of anti-Muslim persecution who are now idle and dispossessed. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "Fate of Stateless Rohingya Muslims Is in Antagonistic Hands," 3 Nov. 2017 The dispossessed duke has retreated to the bountiful, timeless Forest of Arden, along with a merry band of courtiers. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "A darker 'As You Like It' from the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival," 23 July 2017 And these will be full of concern for the republic and those dispossessed Midwestern salt-of-the-earth taxpaying Americans, as if. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of dispossessed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dispossessed

formal : having had your land, possessions, etc., taken away from you

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