Definition of disendowment in US English:

disendowment

noun

  • See disendow

    • ‘This disendowment was to be carried out by the king.’
    • ‘From the 1370s onwards, Parliaments frequently complained that the clergy weren't paying their fair share towards the war effort with France - and some demanded disendowment of the clergy.’
    • ‘The accompanying disendowment of church funds provided substantial sums for the relief of Irish poverty.’
    • ‘But these were the one-off fruits of the disendowment of the Church (mainly the dissolution of the monasteries), a windfall which was unrepeatable on the same scale.’
    • ‘The disendowment of hospitals was even more injurious to the poor.’

Pronunciation

disendowment

/ˌdis(ə)nˈdoumənt//ˌdɪs(ə)nˈdaʊmənt/