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From impropri(ate) +‎ -ation.



impropriation (countable and uncountable, plural impropriations)

  1. The act of impropriating; putting an ecclesiastical benefice or tithes in the hands of a layman, or lay corporation.
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      [] this practice of impropriation, which was first set on foot by unjust and sacrilegious bulls from Rome, is justly offensive both to God and good men; as misderiving the well-meant devotions of charitable and pious souls into a wrong channel.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 95:
      His first work [] attacked the impropriation of tithes by laymen and emphasised the divine punishments customarily inflicted upon the sacrilegious.
  2. A benefice, tithe etc. that has been put in lay hands.