from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To deprive of financial endowment: disendow a college.

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  • v. To deprive of an endowment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of an endowment, as a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of an endowment or of endowments, as a church or other institution.


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dis- +‎ endow


  • The robber in this case is the Government, which proposes to disendow, as well as disestablish, the Church in

    Humanly Speaking

  • Shall we disestablish and disendow the Church of England?

    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index Second Edition

  • Ṭihrán, been returned to their owners, despite the protests of a relentless and powerful clergy, the agitation of a hostile population, and the importunate demands made by prominent members of the Legislature to outlaw and disendow the Faith, confiscate its literature, raze to the ground its principal edifices, deport its chief supporters, and root it out of the provinces.

    Messages to the Bahá’í World: 1950–1957

  • Anti-clerical knights of the shire who wished to disendow the Church, riotous tenants of an unpopular abbey, parishioners who refused to pay their tithes, would often be called

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Meanwhile it is referred to only because its consideration shows us some sort of excuse, if not warrant, for the higher education of woman, even though in the process of thus endowing her with economic independence, we disendow her of her distinctive womanhood, or at the very least imperil it; even though, more serious still, we deprive the race of her services as physical and psychical mother.

    Woman and Womanhood A Search for Principles

  • We were to disestablish and disendow the Irish Church, reform the Irish system of land-tenure, and reconstruct the Irish Universities.

    Matthew Arnold

  • "Oh!" said the Dean; "you may tell him I don't mind his disestablishing me again; for he didn't disendow me; he didn't confiscate my ticket!"

    Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)

  • Nonconformists make the strength of the Liberal majority in the House of Commons, and that, therefore, the leading Liberal statesmen, to get the support of the Nonconformists, forsake the notion of fairly apportioning Church property in Ireland among the chief religious communions, declare that the national mind has decided against new endowments, and propose simply to disestablish and disendow the present establishment in Ireland without establishing or endowing any other.

    Culture and Anarchy

  • Remember that we hold the English tongue in trust -- it belongs to the nation and not to us -- and we have no more right to profane England's language by the introduction of coined words and slang expressions than we have to disendow her institutions or to pollute her rivers. "

    The Farringdons


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