Definitions of expropriation

the act of taking away or modifying property (or a property interest) from a private person by the state

The expropriation took effect on 26 January, the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights said in a statement.

the act of taking away money or property illegally

"The justification from the paramilitaries was that they had to chase the rebels, but the result was the illegal expropriation of the peoples' farms ."