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 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, "How the World Gave Up on the Stateless," 10 Nov. 2020 In News of the World, the two-time Oscar winner stars in his first-ever Western as a post-Civil War captain who’s fallen on hard times, traveling from town to town putting on a one-man show giving news updates for dispossessed, lonely locals. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Paul Greengrass on reuniting with Tom Hanks in News of the World," 23 Oct. 2020 However mighty the blue tide may seem to be, its alliance of the rich and the dispossessed may not prove sustainable. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "Blue Today, Bluer Tomorrow," 17 Sep. 2020 The director has spent most of his career exploring the lives of dispossessed people, many of them Cabo Verdean immigrants, living on the margins of Lisbon. Will Noah, The New York Review of Books, "Pedro Costa, Filming the Saga of Lisbon’s Cabo Verdeans," 3 Mar. 2020 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

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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