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The act of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled.

[Late Latin dēspoliātiō, dēspoliātiōn-, from Latin dēspoliātus, past participle of dēspoliāre, to despoil; see despoil.]


1. the act of despoiling; plunder or pillage
2. the state of being despoiled


(dɪˌspoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of plundering.
2. the fact or circumstance of being plundered.
[1650–60; < Late Latin]


a despoiling; an act of robbery on a large scale; pillage.
See also: Theft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.despoliation - 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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Cablog's work is a critique of the rapid urbanization of the Cordillera and its despoliation.
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Everett chronicles the despoliation of woodland through the intrigue and deceit acted out by the mainly English and Scottish landowners, who were given land in order to quell rebellion or to stabilize a disgruntled populace.
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One hates to see the complete despoliation of one's former habitat.