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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 1984, various Tainui sub-tribes living on the shores of the Manukau Harbour, Te Puaha ki Manuka, lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal about the despoilation of the Manukau Harbour and the loss of certain surrounding lands.
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?
For this, there will be only noise and disturbance for people en route and massive despoilation of the countryside.
Barnes replaces the comma after 'goods' with a colon, thereby giving as much attention to the first two lines' emphasis on the despoilation of the bishop as an act violating laws of property and lines of authority as to the following two lines' elaboration of Edward's concern for Gaveston's personal, bodily safety.
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?
1) Moreover, as recently as April 2009, Phil Fontaine, the National Chief of Canada's Assembly of First Nations had an audience with Pope Benedict in the Vatican; there the Pope came very near himself to apologising (settling, in the end, for a less culpatory formulation: namely, a 'statement of reconcilation') for the Church's participation in various acts of cultural despoilation inflicted upon Native communities in Canada.
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.