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Definition of Appropriation


  1. The act of setting apart or assigning to a particular use or person, or of taking to one's self, in exclusion of all others; application to a special use or purpose, as of a piece of ground for a park, or of money to carry out some object.
  2. Anything, especially money, thus set apart.
  3. The severing or sequestering of a benefice to the perpetual use of a spiritual corporation. Blackstone.
  4. The application of payment of money by a debtor to his creditor, to one of several debts which are due from the former to the latter.

Appropriation Quotations

Socialism never arises in the earlier phases of capitalism, as, for instance, among the pioneers of civilisation in a country where there is plenty of land available for private appropriation by the last comer.
George Bernard Shaw

Appropriation was the language of my generation in many ways. It came out of Duchamp, Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein.
Deborah Kass

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions.
Christopher Lasch

Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Arthur Schopenhauer

From the beginning, Christianity has struggled to sustain the creative tension between the personal appropriation of the gospel and the gospel's universal reach.
Stanley Hauerwas
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Appropriation Translations

appropriation in French is occupation, allocation, appropriation
appropriation in German is Besitznahme {f}, Aneignung {f}
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