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Noun1.despoilation - the act of stripping and taking by force
pillaging, plundering, pillage - the act of stealing valuable things from a place; "the plundering of the Parthenon"; "his plundering of the great authors"
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In the next story, Hemingway underscores the white despoilation of the land by having the logging company, whose lumber Dr.
So are we to allow the further despoilation of our country in return for a paltry number of jobs?
72) Ibibia Lucky Worika, Deprivation, Despoilation and Destitution: Whither Environment and Human Rights in Nigeria's Niger Delta?
Do we really want further erosion of green belt land and the despoilation of the countryside?
Charles Dickens, the Romantic Poets, William Morris and the Guild Socialists fought against the exploitation and despoilation of Industrial Capitalism in the 19th century.
He raises important issues one of which is, trying to put aside the despoilation of the seascape and the destructive effects on bird life and so on, will the scheme actually deliver?
As much of a mystery as why so many British families failed to see the inevitable outcome of their mass occupation and despoilation of one of the most beautiful bits of Europe.
Of course, your benighted wind factories would need to be battened down at present, and between the extremes of not enough wind and too much wind they really cannot justify the further despoilation of our beautiful countryside.
We began our action with forced, non-consensual penetration and despoilation of that country.
The Despoilation of St Laurence (London National Gallery) presents malevolence towards the early Christian Church in all its pristine meekness and love of peace.
It is this awareness--of, as Harold Fromm writes, "our roots in the earth" (39)--that literary works such as Muir's and Didion's help generate, a necessary step, I believe, before the class moves on to more politically-charged, topical texts that prominently feature the despoilation of the natural world.