dis·​pos·​sessed ˌdis-pə-ˈzest How to pronounce dispossessed (audio)
 also  -ˈsest
: deprived of homes, possessions, and security

Examples of dispossessed in a Sentence

The organization helps dispossessed people rebuild their lives.
Recent Examples on the Web The remnants reflected the lives of dispossessed and displaced people. Dallas News, 19 May 2022 Conover keeps his readers waiting for too long, almost half the book, before saying anything about how the San Luis Valley came to be a magnet for the dispossessed. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2022 Burly yet soft-spoken, Elber has served as a political operative for three decades in the dispossessed, largely black communities of the Chocó. Jason Motlagh, Outside Online, 19 July 2016 Otherwise, this is what the land looked like millennia ago when it was settled by the Esalen tribe, Big Sur’s first dispossessed people. Josh Marcus, Outside Online, 3 Oct. 2019 Three days after his 10th birthday, his father, a depressed junkman, killed himself, and the experience of misfortune fueled the young artist’s identification with the dispossessed. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Without the voices of the dispossessed, how can there be deconstruction? Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 And when Israel gained its independence in 1948, Zionism became the world’s first successful Indigenous movement of a dispossessed and colonized people regaining sovereignty in their Indigenous homeland. Micha Danzig, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 Chilton’s sonorous voice carries with it the perseverance and anguish of the dispossessed, disenfranchised and violated. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dispossessed was in the 15th century

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“Dispossessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispossessed. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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