Definition of disinherit in English:

disinherit

verb

[with object]
  • Change one's will or take other steps to prevent (someone) from inheriting one's property.

    ‘the Duke is seeking to disinherit his eldest son’
    • ‘Oh, Adele left me - as I always half expected she would - after Rochester disinherited me.’
    • ‘His indignant parents promptly disinherited him, and Joly went to work as a secretary to put him through medical school.’
    • ‘Soon he's disinherited, cast out of his ancestral home and off to live in seclusion in a Paris warehouse, where he prepares drafts of his next book while his feral sister attends to his needs.’
    • ‘What if you are disinherited and then cast aside?’
    • ‘When she'd decided to marry Arial's father her parents had disinherited her, angry that she hadn't agreed to marry the more suitable man they were pushing her towards.’
    • ‘When he found me not interested in the idea of his being my dad, he actually disinherited me.’
    • ‘His daughter was disinherited, and what little was left of Lovelace's possessions passed to his godsons.’
    • ‘Second of all, it would be the death nail of your political future and third of all, I will disinherit you.’
    • ‘‘The day you marry my daughter,’ Clarence Mackay allegedly told Berlin, ‘I'll disinherit her.’’
    • ‘Do you disinherit your kids or do you embrace your kids?’
    • ‘You actually wanted my uncle to disinherit you?’
    • ‘When she learns of the secret engagement, she disinherits Edward, making Robert the eldest son.’
    • ‘It wouldn't matter if she was disinherited for failing to make her husband-to-be sign the papers or for marrying without her family's blessing.’
    • ‘By making a will containing such provisions as you see fit and ensuring your estate consists of heritable property only, you can disinherit your children.’
    • ‘But Mell had said the Marquise had married a common man, and that she was disinherited for it.’
    • ‘As a consequence, Nicholas became disinherited by his mother's family.’
    • ‘Indeed, the final volume centers on Orlando's search for a lost will and his legal challenge to a will that has disinherited his family.’
    • ‘Entire nations are condemned to wander as disinherited immigrants, mortal illnesses hover over humanity, and terrorism lurks.’
    • ‘Because he was poor, she was disinherited and after he died, she ended up here.’
    • ‘This argument is misleading and cannot justify selectively disinheriting women.’
    cut someone out of one's will, cut off, dispossess, impoverish
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Origin

Late Middle English (superseding earlier disherit): from dis- (expressing removal) + inherit in the obsolete sense ‘make someone an heir’.

Pronunciation

disinherit

/dɪsɪnˈhɛrɪt/