One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dispossess (someone) of land or property.‘his ancestors had held the land but had been disseized in the fifteenth century’
impound, seize, commandeer, requisition, appropriate, expropriate, take possession of, sequester, sequestrate, take away, take over, take, annexView synonyms
- ‘The king disseised Odo of his immensely wealthy earldom of Kent and banished him from England for his leadership of the recent rebellion.’
- ‘John supported his claim to the barony of Trowbridge, which he received in 1213 when the king disseized Henry de Bohun.’
- ‘The king restored him to his household and council, with his livings and possessions, from which he had been disseized before.’
- ‘Sir Peter Carew claimed the barony of Idrone as his inheritance on the basis that his ancestors had held the land but had been disseized in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century.’
- ‘I spoke to Turner to provide me some tall fellows for the taking a possession for me, in Lincolnshire, of some lands Sir William Manson had lately disseized me.’
Middle English: from Old French dessaisir ‘dispossess’, from dis- + seize.
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