from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who owns or has actual possession of a thing, or power over it; a possessor.
- noun A member of a religious order endowed with lands, etc., as distinguished from those orders whose members lived entirely by alms; a member of one of the orders possessing lands and revenues; a beneficed clergyman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A possessor; a property holder.
- noun obsolete An invidious name for a member of any religious community endowed with property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friars.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete A
possessor; a holder of property.
- noun obsolete, derogatory A member of any
religious community endowedwith property in lands, buildings, etc., as contrasted with mendicant friars.
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But he soon won a wider fame as a preacher in London, an adviser of the court, an opponent of the "possessioner" monks, and of the forsworn friars, who, deserting apostolic poverty, vied with the monks in covetousness.
"possessioner" monks, whose lands, he maintained, could be resumed by the representatives of the donors at their will.