Definitions

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  • noun The state of possessing something, possession.

Etymologies

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From possessor +‎ -ship.

Examples

  • Lily had taken it, at first with the confidence of assured possessorship, then with gradually narrowing demands, till now she found herself actually struggling for a foothold on the broad space which had once seemed her own for the asking.

    The House of Mirth

  • Lily had taken it, at first with the confidence of assured possessorship, then with gradually narrowing demands, till now she found herself actually struggling for a foothold on the broad space which had once seemed her own for the asking.

    The House of Mirth

  • Lily had taken it, at first with the confidence of assured possessorship, then with gradually narrowing demands, till now she found herself actually struggling for a foothold on the broad space which had once seemed her own for the asking.

    The House of Mirth

  • One of us, at least, was stirred at Renard's calm assumption -- the assumption so common to artists, who, when they see a good thing at once count on its possessorship, as if the whole world, indeed, were eternally sitting, agape with impatience, awaiting the advent of some painter to sketch in its portrait.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns

  • Archer was proud of the glances turned on her, and the simple joy of possessorship cleared away his underlying perplexities.

    X. Book I

  • Archer was proud of the glances turned on her, and the simple joy of possessorship cleared away his underlying perplexities.

    The Age of Innocence

  • And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity.

    The Age of Innocence

  • ” And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity.

    I. Book I

  • The thought flattered his sense of possessorship ...

    The Reef; a novel

  • Suddenly, at the sight, a rage of possessorship awoke in her.

    The Reef; a novel

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  • "It was the weather to call out May’s radiance, and she burned like a young maple in the frost. Archer was proud of the glances turned on her, and the simple joy of possessorship cleared away his underlying perplexities."

    - Edith Wharton, 'The Age of Innocence'.

    September 19, 2009