When you disinherit someone, you decide not to leave that person anything in your will. Your eccentric grandfather might threaten to disinherit you because of your dirty fingernails.

  • Pronunciation: / dɪsɪn'herɪt/
  • English description: prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
  • Synonyms: disown
  • Chinese Translation:  剥夺继承权(bo1 duo2 ji4 cheng2 quan2)
  • Spanish Translation: desheredar
  • ORIGIN: You need to have written a will — a document that lists where you want your money and property to go after your death — in order to disinherit someone. When your wealthy relative actually removes your name from her will, she officially disinherits you. The word inherit is at the heart of disinherit, with its old-fashioned meaning, "make someone an heir." When you add the Latin prefix dis, "not," you take away the inheritance altogether.


  • Those most likely to think of equity release as a dirty word are, of course, the children likely to be disinherited.
  • My brother did about average in life, drastically disproportionate to what was invested, and my father has disinherited him.

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