appropriation /əˌprəʊprɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


I. noun

1. [ mass noun] the action of appropriating something

dishonest appropriation of property.
2. the deliberate reworking of images and styles from earlier, well-known works of art.

the hallmark of postmodernism has turned out to be appropriation.
3. a sum of money allocated officially for a particular use.

success in obtaining appropriations for projects.
[as modifier]
the appropriation accounts.
– origin late Middle English: from late Latin appropriatio(n-), from appropriare ‘make one’s own’ (see appropriate).

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