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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).]
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(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]
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to strip of possessions, things of value, etc.; rob; plunder; pillage.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French despoillier < Latin dēspoliāre to strip, rob, plunder]
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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"|
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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
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despoil[dɪsˈpɔɪl] VT → despojar (of de)
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