despoil


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de·spoil

 (dĭ-spoil′)
tr.v. de·spoiled, de·spoil·ing, de·spoils
1. To deprive of something valuable, especially by force; rob: The invaders despoiled the town of its art treasures. He was despoiled of his inheritance by crooked lawyers.
2. To ruin, especially by destroying or removing what is valuable: "a landscape that had been raped and despoiled by coal mining" (George Black).

[Middle English despoilen, from Old French despoillier, from Latin dēspoliāre : dē-, de- + spoliāre, to plunder (from spolium, booty).]

de·spoil′er n.
de·spoil′ment n.

despoil

(dɪˈspɔɪl)
vb
(tr) to strip or deprive by force; plunder; rob; loot
[C13: from Old French despoillier, from Latin dēspoliāre, from de- + spoliāre to rob (esp of clothing); see spoil]
deˈspoiler n
deˈspoilment n

de•spoil

(dɪˈspɔɪl)

v.t.
to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French despoillier < Latin dēspoliāre to strip, rob, plunder]
de•spoil′er, n.
de•spoil′ment, n.

despoil


Past participle: despoiled
Gerund: despoiling

Imperative
despoil
despoil
Present
I despoil
you despoil
he/she/it despoils
we despoil
you despoil
they despoil
Preterite
I despoiled
you despoiled
he/she/it despoiled
we despoiled
you despoiled
they despoiled
Present Continuous
I am despoiling
you are despoiling
he/she/it is despoiling
we are despoiling
you are despoiling
they are despoiling
Present Perfect
I have despoiled
you have despoiled
he/she/it has despoiled
we have despoiled
you have despoiled
they have despoiled
Past Continuous
I was despoiling
you were despoiling
he/she/it was despoiling
we were despoiling
you were despoiling
they were despoiling
Past Perfect
I had despoiled
you had despoiled
he/she/it had despoiled
we had despoiled
you had despoiled
they had despoiled
Future
I will despoil
you will despoil
he/she/it will despoil
we will despoil
you will despoil
they will despoil
Future Perfect
I will have despoiled
you will have despoiled
he/she/it will have despoiled
we will have despoiled
you will have despoiled
they will have despoiled
Future Continuous
I will be despoiling
you will be despoiling
he/she/it will be despoiling
we will be despoiling
you will be despoiling
they will be despoiling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been despoiling
you have been despoiling
he/she/it has been despoiling
we have been despoiling
you have been despoiling
they have been despoiling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been despoiling
you will have been despoiling
he/she/it will have been despoiling
we will have been despoiling
you will have been despoiling
they will have been despoiling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been despoiling
you had been despoiling
he/she/it had been despoiling
we had been despoiling
you had been despoiling
they had been despoiling
Conditional
I would despoil
you would despoil
he/she/it would despoil
we would despoil
you would despoil
they would despoil
Past Conditional
I would have despoiled
you would have despoiled
he/she/it would have despoiled
we would have despoiled
you would have despoiled
they would have despoiled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.despoil - steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
deplume, displume - strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
2.despoil - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"
ruin, destroy - destroy completely; damage irreparably; "You have ruined my car by pouring sugar in the tank!"; "The tears ruined her make-up"

despoil

verb (Formal) plunder, destroy, strip, rob, devastate, wreck, rifle, deprive, loot, trash (slang), total (slang), ravage, dispossess, pillage, divest, denude, vandalize, wreak havoc upon the modern day industry which has despoiled the town

despoil

verb
To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war:
Archaic: harrow, spoil.
Translations

despoil

[dɪsˈpɔɪl] VTdespojar (of de)

despoil

vt personberauben (→ of gen); countrysideausplündern
References in classic literature ?
The scaling him with chairs for ladders to dive into his pockets, despoil him of brown-paper parcels, hold on tight by his cravat, hug him round his neck, pommel his back, and kick his legs in irrepressible affection.
We have seen, in all the examples of ancient and modern confederacies, the strongest tendency continually betraying itself in the members, to despoil the general government of its authorities, with a very ineffectual capacity in the latter to defend itself against the encroachments.
But one day the chance was lost forever, in so far as it could come in time to save his loved ones, for he was ordered away upon a long expedition to the ice-clad south, to make war upon the natives there and despoil them of their furs, for such is the manner of the green Barsoomian; he does not labor for what he can wrest in battle from others.
Tell me," cried Danglars, in a tone whose bitterness Harpagon* alone has been capable of revealing -- "tell the that you wish to despoil me of all; it will be sooner over than devouring me piecemeal.
Let us kill as many as we can; the bodies will lie upon the plain, and you can despoil them later at your leisure.
I have no purpose to despoil your dear family, nor to ruin your servants.
The two poor people whom it was your own idea to despoil," quoth Raffles, "prematurely gloating over these two pretty things?
The blacks had not as yet come upon Tarzan's cabin on the distant beach, but the ape-man lived in constant dread that, while he was away with the tribe, they would discover and despoil his treasure.
Then they vowed that even as they themselves had been despoiled they would despoil their oppressors, whether baron, abbot, knight, or squire, and that from each they would take that which had been wrung from the poor by unjust taxes, or land rents, or in wrongful fines.
A dozen bands of cut-throats he had driven from the Derby hills, and though the barons would much rather have had all the rest than he, the peasants worshipped him as a deliverer from the lowborn murderers who had been wont to despoil the weak and lowly and on whose account the women of the huts and cottages had never been safe.
But Anaurus, swelled by a rain- storm, blotted out the grave and memorial of Cycnus; for so Apollo, Leto's son, commanded him, because he used to watch for and violently despoil the rich hecatombs that any might bring to Pytho.
And often rulers and their subjects may come in one another's way, whether on a pilgrimage or a march, as fellow-soldiers or fellow-sailors; aye, and they may observe the behaviour of each other in the very moment of danger--for where danger is, there is no fear that the poor will be despised by the rich-- and very likely the wiry sunburnt poor man may be placed in battle at the side of a wealthy one who has never spoilt his complexion and has plenty of superfluous flesh--when he sees such an one puffing and at his wit's end, how can he avoid drawing the conclusion that men like him are only rich because no one has the courage to despoil them?