One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Appropriation; an instance of this. rare before mid 20th cent.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). Probably from post-classical Latin propriation-, propriatio (act of) making one's own, acquisition, appropriation, right of ownership that issues from this from classical Latin propriāt-, past participial stem of propriāre + -iō, or perhaps aphetic from appropriation.
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