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

Definition of dispossessed

: 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 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 But for the world’s dispossessed, social media, smartphones and the internet can be fragile, even potentially dangerous tethers to the rest of the world. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Driven out of their homes in Afghanistan, the dispossessed young Afghans thrived in the refugee camps, in part due to ties of ethnicity as Pashtuns. Sohel Rana, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 Fred and Lu were not just a couple but an institution, the guardians of a waystation for dispossessed members of their community. Marina Magloire, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2021 Don't emote for the dispossessed or write them a Christmas check. Keith C. Burris, Star Tribune, 21 Feb. 2021 Years of struggles against crippling polio had equipped him with inner steel, empathy for the dispossessed and an unshakeable belief that even in the most desperate hour, better times are ahead. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 20 Jan. 2021 The lesson that Josef drew from his own experience was not about solidarity with the dispossessed, but about the overriding need to avoid the horror of exclusion. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of dispossessed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispossessed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispossessed. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispossessed

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


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