Definition of impropriate in English:
verb[with object] (usually as adjective impropriated)
1Grant (an ecclesiastical benefice) to a corporation or person as their property.
- The rectory of St. Julian was impropriated to Carrow, and the anchorage was inhabited by recluses after Juliana's time.
- The rectory continued, usually as a sinecure, until it was impropriated in 1546 to Christ Church, Oxford, and soon afterwards to the secular lords of Sudbury manor.
- Hereafter, the church was successively impropriated by Down-to-South Cadre Training Team, Nenjiang Provincial Committee CCP Party School and Beiman Construction Engineering Company, etc.
1.1Place (tithes or ecclesiastical property) in lay hands.
- Although lands owned by educational institutions were at first exempted from nationalization, other sources of support, such as impropriated tithes and standard donations from chapters and monasteries, dried up.
- Tithes, destined for the upkeep of the parish clergy but often impropriated by monasteries or laymen, took around another 8 per cent on average.
- Many tithes had been commuted to cash payments or impropriated by others who then paid the vicar an annual salary.
Words that rhyme with impropriateappropriate, expropriate, misappropriate
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