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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dispossession \Dis`pos*ses"sion\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]possession.]
     1. The act of putting out of possession; the state of being
        dispossessed. --Bp. Hall.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) The putting out of possession, wrongfully or

        otherwise, of one who is in possession of a freehold, no
        matter in what title; -- called also {ouster}.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n 1: the expulsion of someone (such as a tenant) from the
            possession of land by process of law [syn: {eviction}, {legal
       2: freeing from evil spirits [syn: {exorcism}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "dispossession":
     bereavement, cost, damage, dead loss, debit, denial, denudation,
     deprivation, deprivement, despoilment, destruction, detriment,
     disendowment, disherison, disinheritance, dislodgment, disownment,
     disseisin, divestment, eviction, expense, expropriation,
     foreclosure, forfeit, forfeiture, injury, loser, losing,
     losing streak, loss, ouster, ousting, perdition, privation,
     reclaiming, repossessing, repossession, robbery, ruin, sacrifice,
     spoliation, stripping, taking away, total loss

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