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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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The message is clear: Unless the world drastically reorders its priorities and alters its policies, the despoliation of nature will continue.
His first published work of poetry, 'Dark through the Delta', deals with the recurring despoliation of Nigeria using the Niger Delta as its motif.
While Salcedo's boceto is, according to Lerma, a 'miniature version' of the mural, Gonzales' is a detail of the central focus of Luna's work: fallen gladiators being dragged out of the Roman Colosseum into the 'Spoliarium,' or area of despoliation.
During this meeting the Muslim countries should send a loud and clear message that the despoliation of Muslim holy personalities is not acceptable to them.
As Shannon Osaka points out, Rich echoes Garrett Hardin's The tragedy of the commons , an essay that argued that overpopulation and individual self-interest inevitably result in the despoliation of shared resources.
"Landmines and IEDs do not only maim and kill victims but also cause mutilation and despoliation of the human body," claimed Maj.
Will we consciously comprehend the growing impacts of our acquisition of natural resources, our efforts to cope with hazards, and our unthinking environmental despoliation? Will that awareness drive us to harness our new technological capabilities and social networking tools with will and vision sufficient to change our current course, making it more sustainable?
In a sworn affidavit, Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho has revealed that graft cases increased by 240 per cent since Jubilee took power in 2013.The revelations are simply an extrapolation of big league despoliation of public re-sources that has been witnessed under different regimes since independence.
The authorities concerned shall endeavor to collect and identify the mortal remains of the deceased, prevent their despoliation or mutilation and facilitate the return of those remains to the next of kin or dispose of them respectfully; and
The author reconstructs the phases of despoliation and confiscation and clearly explains the differences between common thievery and clerical confiscation.
Beyond saving lives, the Green Revolution saved the environment from massive despoliation. According to a Stanford University study, since 1961, modern agricultural technology has reduced greenhouse-gas emissions significantly, even as it has led to increases in net crop yields.
Ghirri rails against the event's energy consumption and the corresponding despoliation of the countryside--the hum of the voltage, the pollution of the rivers, and, above all, the fact that "when you take photographs, the poles and wires always ruin your framing." If this litany makes Ghirri seem insufferably prim, the posture collapses with his final complaint, for some of his most celebrated pictures highlight precisely that electrified world.