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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 ?
As a further provision for the efficacy of the federal powers, they took an oath mutually to defend and protect the united cities, to punish the violators of this oath, and to inflict vengeance on sacrilegious despoilers of the temple.
It was no man who leaped forward upon that Boche officer, striking aside the sharp bayonet as one might strike aside a straw in a baby's hand--it was a wild beast and the roar of a wild beast was upon those savage lips, for as that strange sense that Tarzan owned in common with the other jungle-bred creatures of his wild domain warned him of the presence behind him and he had whirled to meet the attack, his eyes had seen the corps and regimental insignia upon the other's blouse--it was the same as that worn by the murderers of his wife and his people, by the despoilers of his home and his happiness.
He was very savage indeed; but his despoilers were well out of his reach, and after hurling a few taunts and missiles at him they swung away through the trees, fiercely reviling him.
He would feel like the despoiler of the widow and the orphan.
The despoilers of the environment are the multinational corporations with politicians in their pocket, real-estate developers, mining companies, highway engineers, the army, and innumerable land and property owners large and small looking only for profit in a free market economy.
The results are a world divided into armed camps of haters, despoilers and destroyers.
Mexicans were wanted and needed as cheap labor, but they were also resented as economic competitors by some and potential despoilers of the American social fabric by others" (82).
But the local political authority targets Sanders and his associates even while they try to save Meador Farms (rumored to be an ancient Native American burial ground) from the despoilers of corporate development.
Indeed, the fictive nature journalist spends much of his time literally punching out poachers and other despoilers of the nation's forests and wetlands, and turning them over to state and local game wardens.
As further proof of her increased physical and cultural mobility, she notes that in two weeks' time she has, by invitation, delivered 10 speeches refuting the idea "that Negro men are despoilers .
I might add to this, since once upon a time Christmas also only came for two days towards the end of December the other despoilers of magic - the advertisers and merchandisers who have commercialised it out of all recognition - should hang their heads in shame for cheapening the second biggest holy day in our calendars.
It's unfair to tar all smokers as despoilers of the landscape.