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Related to despoils: pillaging
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).]
(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]
to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French despoillier < Latin dēspoliāre to strip, rob, plunder]
Past participle: despoiled
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||despoil - destroy and strip of its possession; "The soldiers raped the beautiful country"|