from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of impropriating; as, the impropriation of property or tithes; also, that which is impropriated.
  • n. The act of putting an ecclesiastical benefice in the hands of a layman, or lay corporation.
  • n. A benefice in the hands of a layman, or of a lay corporation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of impropriating; ; also, that which is impropriated.
  • n.
  • n. The act of putting an ecclesiastical benefice in the hands of a layman, or lay corporation.
  • n. A benefice in the hands of a layman, or of a lay corporation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of appropriating to private use; exclusive possession or assumption.
  • n. In English ecclesiastical law: The act of putting the revenues of a benefice into the hands of a layman or lay corporation.
  • n. That which is impropriated, as ecclesiastical property.


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  • The impropriation of tithes by the monasteries set an example which unscrupulous and powerful laymen were not slow to follow, with more or less pretence of respecting the forms of law.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The right to receive tithes was granted to princes and nobles, even hereditarily, by ecclesiastics in return for protection or eminent services, and this species of impropriation became so intolerable that the Third Council of Lateran (1179) decreed that no alienation of tithes to laymen was permissible without the consent of the pope.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • We went to visit Bodville, the place where Mrs. Thrale was born; and the Churches called Tydweilliog and Llangwinodyl, which she holds by impropriation.

    Life of Johnson

  • It was in consideration of this or of some other service rendered about this time that Elizabeth granted to Sir Henry Bedingfeld and to his heirs for ever, the manor of Caldecot, in Norfolk "with the impropriation thereof."

    Studies from Court and Cloister: being essays, historical and literary dealing mainly with subjects relating to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries

  • They had unfortunately a reputation for avarice, and Toclive bought them off by giving them the impropriation of Merton and Hursleigh {25} for 53 marks a year.

    John Keble's Parishes

  • The clergy, though willing to be relieved from paying first-fruits to the crown, were not so loyal to the successors of St. Peter as to desire to restore their contributions into the old channel; while the laity, who from {p. 240} immemorial time had objected on principle to the payment of tribute to a foreign sovereign, were now, through their possession of the abbey lands and the impropriation of benefices, immediately interested parties.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

  • The indolence of mankind, or rather their aversion to any application in which they are not engaged by immediate instinct and passion, retards the progress of industry and of impropriation.

    An Essay on the History of Civil Society, Eighth Edition

  • [5] Faithfulness is, when a servant is against impropriation.

    The Ten Commandments

  • The impropriation of this town of Diseworth was formerly the inheritance of three sisters, whereof two became votaries; one in the nunnery of

    William Lilly's History of His Life and Times From the Year 1602 to 1681

  • Then the stream of gloriation flows in the channel of bodily gifts as might, strength of body, beauty and comeliness of parts, and other such endowments which, besides that it is as irrational as the former, is a sacrilegious impropriation of the most free and arbitrary gifts of God to ourselves, it is withal absurd, in that it is not so truly of ourselves.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning


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