the dispossessed


: people whose land, possessions, etc., have been taken away from them
helping the poor and the dispossessed

Examples of the dispossessed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for the voices of the enslaved and the dispossessed, the island is unsettlingly silent. Sue Eisenfeld, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 An entire community of the dispossessed goes about its day, here hanging laundry or carrying water in buckets, there mending a tattered shirt. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Her favorite subjects were strivers and oddballs, the dispossessed and the people who dared to be delighted in the face of life’s struggles. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 The idea that some form of Hinduism should be recognized in some way by the Indian state resonates among both the cosmopolitans and the dispossessed. Kanchan Chandra, Foreign Affairs, 23 Nov. 2018 All of them have drawn huge crowds by telling the dispossessed that social status can be reclaimed by throwing out the corrupt elite and replacing it with the leader’s steady hand. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 27 May 2023 To himself and to a public trying to understand the human drama of migration, of the displaced and the dispossessed. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 18 Apr. 2023 Training their attention on the lives of the dispossessed, researchers have identified barriers that keep people at the bottom of the social ladder from climbing its rungs, and offered arguments that usually play out along ideological lines. Eyal Press, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2023

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“The dispossessed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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