Definition of disendow in English:


Line breaks: dis|en¦dow
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪnˈdaʊ
, dɪsɛn-/


[with object]
Deprive (someone or something) of an endowment, in particular deprive (a Church) of the property and funds that it receives from the state: the state Church, the Church of Ireland, continued until 1869, when Gladstone disestablished and disendowed it
More example sentences
  • An Act of Parliament in 1920 disestablished and disendowed the Anglican Church within the Principality.
  • Instead, a different settlement was reached: in effect, the Church in Wales was disendowed at that time.
  • He also took steps to enforce the decrees of 1859 disestablishing and disendowing the church.



More example sentences
  • But these were the one-off fruits of the disendowment of the Church (mainly the dissolution of the monasteries), a windfall which was unrepeatable on the same scale.
  • The accompanying disendowment of church funds provided substantial sums for the relief of Irish poverty.
  • From the 1370s onwards, Parliaments frequently complained that the clergy weren't paying their fair share towards the war effort with France - and some demanded disendowment of the clergy.

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